RSNA Hosts COVID-19 3D Printing Webinar

Expert panel focuses on 3D printing of personal protective equipment

The RSNA 3D Printing Special Interest Group (SIG) hosted a webinar focusing on 3D printing of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other devices in response to critical shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar is available on @RSNAtube. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the United States and throughout the world, hospitals and other medical facilities are experiencing a severe shortage of PPE and other devices needed to test and treat patients during this public health crisis.

To address this issue, some facilities have turned to 3D printing, which 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.

The webinar was developed to educate facilities using this approach by providing case studies and practical advice for 3D printing of certain devices during this emergency.

“As the RSNA 3D Printing SIG, we believe it is part of our duty to provide our community with the proper information to make informed decisions for their hospital/hospital networks for consideration in cases of extreme shortage,” said Peter Liacouras, PhD, RSNA 3D Printing SIG chair and director of services of the 3D Medical Applications Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

During the webinar, a panel of experts discussed the abundance of 3D printing COVID-19 parts and information available online and focused on 3D printing face shields, masks and nasal swabs.

RSNA’s 3D Printing SIG promotes 3D printing for medical applications via education, research and collaboration, and provides physicians and allied health scientists with optimized education and research programs

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