Advanced medical image data visualization in the form of 3D printing continues to expand in clinical settings. In order to generate patient-specific anatomic models for 3D printing, imaging data must first be segmented and converted to virtual 3D models which represent the intended anatomy of interest.
This presentation gives an overview of 3D printing technologies used in medicine and discusses the process of converting medical imaging data into printable 3D models. Examples are given using 3D Slicer –an open source program.
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Painting your model
Cleaning up your printed model: removing print support material