Here’s a window into the future of breast cancer surgery. Associate Professor Sanjay Warrier and his team are printing 3D models of breast tumours to help visualise and plan the surgery to remove them.
By being able to see the size and location of the tumour so clearly, the surgeons can have more precise margins around the tumour to be sure they remove as little healthy tissue as possible. Less of the surface skin is affected and in some cases the technique will help spare the nipple.
The result is achieved by mapping all the points of the MRI into a 3D model for printing.