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How 3D Printing Brain Lesions Helps Patients Understand Their Illness

How 3D Printing Brain Lesions Helps Patients Understand Their Illness

Written by David

May 31, 2019

Being able to hold a tumor in your hand can make a difference, and work at UT Southwestern is allowing patients and physicians to be able to better understand brain lesions through 3D printing, leading to better treatment and compliance. Dr. Darin Okuda is the Director of Neuroinnovation at UT Southwestern, and is changing the way brain lesions caused by multiple sclerosis are identified through 3D imaging, proving more clarity than vague and inaccurate MRI scans. MS causes the immune system to mis-recognize brain tissue as being foreign causing inflammation and the death of brain cells, and Okuda uses 3D printers to replicate brain lesions that result from multiple sclerosis. A multiple sclerosis lesion in 3D with the tissue surrounding the lesions to the right. (Courtesy of: UT Southwestern). Okuda says two dimensional images of a three dimensional object don’t capture the complexity of the lesion, and the printing […]

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