Stratasys has partnered with Siemens Healthineers in a groundbreaking research project to develop new state-of-the-art solutions for the advancement of medical imaging phantoms for computed tomography (CT).

The joint development leverages Stratasys’ PolyJet™ technology in combination with its unique RadioMatrix™ technology, and Siemens Healthineers’ advanced algorithm aimed at translating scanned patient images into specific material characteristics with radiopacity of human anatomy. The solution will allow for tailored phantom manufacturing and the creation of ultra-realistic human anatomy characteristics with complete radiographic accuracy of patient-specific pathology not previously possible.

The project will transform how phantoms can be utilized in the medical field, and in certain cases even enable device manufacturers and academic facilities to replace human cadavers with 3D printed structures. Starting with the production of 3D printed phantoms for smaller head and neck anatomy, the research will involve the production of progressively larger and more complex anatomy – leading to the Phase One endpoint of 3D printing a heart model and a full human torso with full radiographic accuracy.

This partnership will enable us to jointly explore the vast possibilities of our radiopaque materials and 3D printing technologies to overcome these barriers,” said Erez Ben Zvi, Vice President Medical at Stratasys.

The knowledge gained from this project provides a breakthrough in medical imaging that will open up new avenues for uses when it comes to 3D printing and imaging,” said Lampros Theodorakis, Head of Computed Tomography Product & Clinical Marketing at Siemens Healthineers.

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