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Anthropomorphic Physical Breast Phantom Based on Patient Breast CT Data: Preliminary Results

  • Sivo DaskalovEmail author
  • Nikiforos Okkalidis
  • John M. Boone
  • Stoyko Marinov
  • Zhivko Bliznakov
  • Giovanni Mettivier
  • Hilde Bosmans
  • Paolo Russo
  • Kristina Bliznakova
Conference paper
Part of the IFMBE Proceedings book series (IFMBE, volume 76)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

3D breast phantom fabrication Fused deposition modeling Variable filament extrusion rate 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the Bulgarian National Science Fund under grant agreement DN17/2.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sivo Daskalov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nikiforos Okkalidis
    • 2
  • John M. Boone
    • 3
  • Stoyko Marinov
    • 4
  • Zhivko Bliznakov
    • 4
  • Giovanni Mettivier
    • 5
  • Hilde Bosmans
    • 4
  • Paolo Russo
    • 5
  • Kristina Bliznakova
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Computer Simulations in MedicineTechnical University of VarnaVarnaBulgaria
  2. 2.Centre for Biomedical CyberneticsUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyUniversity of California, Davis Medical CenterSacramentoUSA
  4. 4.Department of Imaging and PathologyKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  5. 5.Dipartimento di Fisica “Ettore Pancini”Università di Napoli Federico IINaplesItaly

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