3D Printing Special Interest Group

3D printing for patient care crosses all subspecialties of medicine, with radiology at the intersection. As such, radiologists play an important role in developing medical applications for this technology. Join RSNA’s 3D Printing Special Interest Group (SIG) to promote this growing specialty and add value to your membership by joining this engaged community.

As a member of the SIG, you will:

  • Help promote 3D printing for medical applications via education, research and collaboration
  • Provide physicians and allied health scientists with optimized education and research programs
  • Assist in developing quality standards for 3D printing 

Already a 3D Printing SIG member?

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SIG member benefits

The SIG provides its members with:

  • Education and increased exposure to uses of 3D printing in the radiology community
  • A secure network for communicating and sharing files
  • 3D printing-related educational programming and networking opportunities at the RSNA annual meeting
  • Research and collaboration opportunities to demonstrate the positive impact 3D printing has in patient care through the RSNA 3D Printing Special Interest Group Research Grant

How to join

RSNA members in good standing may call the RSNA membership department at 1-877-776-2636 to add 3D Printing SIG participation to their membership for a fee of $40 per year.

Not eligible for RSNA membership? You are still able to join the 3D Printing SIG as a SIG Affiliate Member (PDF).

RSNA 3D Printing Special Interest Group Research Grant

Exclusively available to active 3D Printing SIG members, this annual research grant offers investigators a unique opportunity to innovate and advance their research, collaborate with institutions and demonstrate the positive impact of 3D printing in patient care.

Learn more about program eligibility, areas of interest and the application process.  

2023 SIG leadership


Lumarie Santiago, MD


Beth Ripley, MD, PhD


Summer Decker, PhD


David Ballard, MD, MS


Ken Wang, MD, PhD
RIC Liaison

About 3D printing

3D printing is the creation of a tangible object from a digital file using a 3D printer. Materials such as plastics and gypsum are used to create the final form.

In the clinic, 3D printing plays three major roles: surgical planning, patient-specific simulations and education.

Radiologists and other medical providers will need to master new tools as leaders in the field of imaging. An awareness of this emerging technology will be important for radiologists as it is a direct extension of the images they create.

Would you like to learn more? Explore ways 3D SIG members have helped define radiology's role in the 3D printing explosion, modeled complex pathology for surgical procedures and used 3D printing to advance patient-centered care.