Anthropomorphic Physical Breast Phantom Based on Patient Breast CT Data: Preliminary Results
We propose a novel approach for the fabrication of realistic in shape, size as well as in x-ray absorption properties 3D physical breast models. The approach eliminates the need for segmentation of breast tissues by directly mimicking the radiodensity of each voxel in a computed tomography (CT) image. This is done through a recently published study that enables the use of variable filament extrusion rate when creating 3D phantoms with fused deposition modeling printers. We use the CT image of a real patient’s breast to produce a model through the suggested approach. We then validate the fabricated physical breast phantom by obtaining a CT scan of it and comparing the latter to the original CT image of the source patient’s breast.
Keywords3D breast phantom fabrication Fused deposition modeling Variable filament extrusion rate
This research is supported by the Bulgarian National Science Fund under grant agreement DN17/2.
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