RSNA is proud to introduce its 3D Printing Special Interest Group (SIG), an engaged community that will add value to your RSNA membership. 3D printing for patient care crosses all subspecialties of medicine, with radiology at the intersection. This is your opportunity to be on the cutting edge of innovative 3D printing technology and its implications for the radiology specialty.
To promote the highest quality 3D printing applied to medicine via education and research, collaboration, and research. The SIG will focus on maintaining a prominent role for radiologists in this diverse and growing specialty. The group will also seek to provide physicians and allied health scientists with optimized education and research programs.
RSNA members can simply call the RSNA Membership Department at 1-877-776-2636 and pay the additional $40 annual 3D Printing SIG fee to become a member of the SIG for 2017.
Not eligible for RSNA Membership? You are still able to join the 3D Printing SIG as a SIG Affiliate Member. Click here for application.
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3D printing is fabrication of a tangible object from a digital file using a 3D printer. An energy source is directed at materials such as plastics, gypsum, etc., that are deposited from a nozzle, layered and fused to form a final object. For purposes of the SIG, the following terms are considered synonymous with 3D Printing: Additive Manufacturing, Rapid Prototyping and Additive Fabrication.
DICOM image files cannot be used directly for 3D printing. The defined steps that provide for converting CT and MRI DICOM images into models, including segmentation and other methods of image post-processing, are referred to as 3D visualization. In addition, 3D printing requires a separate set of steps in Computer Aided Design (CAD) during which one or more segmented objects are manipulated in the Standard Tessellation Language (STL) format. STL files are the dominant file format recognized by a 3D printer; however, many others exist, including Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), and newer formats are in development. Radiologists and other medical providers will need to master new tools to convert DICOM data sets to 3D printing. An awareness of this emerging technology will be important for radiologists as it is a direct extension of the images they create, returning them to the physical world.
Become a member of the RSNA 3D Printing SIG when you call the RSNA Membership Department at 1-877-776-2636 and join today!