Application of 3-D printing (rapid prototyping) for creating physical models of pediatric orthopedic disorders
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Three-dimensional printing called rapid prototyping, a technology that is used to create physical models based on a 3-D computer representation, is now commercially available and can be created from CT or MRI datasets. This technical innovation paper reviews the specific requirements and steps necessary to apply biomedical 3-D printing of pediatric musculoskeletal disorders. We discuss its role for the radiologist, orthopedist and patient.
KeywordsBiomedical three-dimensional printing Rapid prototyping Computed tomography Magnetic resonance imaging Orthopedic disorders Physical models Pediatric
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