360 Photos | 360 View Photos | April 30, 2020

360 Degree View of a 3-D Printed Bolus for Radiation Therapy

3D printing of a radiation therapy bolus at ASTRO 2018. Photo by Dave Fornell

The company .decimal at ASTRO showed a 3-D printing technology where radiation therapy (RT) bolus shields can be printed on demand, tailor made to fit a patient. This one is being printed at the expo and is for breast cancer RT. The company also makes customized machined plastic bolus, but offers the printing option for centers that have their own 3-D printers. A bolus is used to allow higher intensity radiation doses to be used in RT. These can be customized to fit based on the patient’s CT imaging.

See other examples of 3-D printing for radiation oncology in the VIDEO: Editor's Choice of the Most Innovative Technologies at AAPM 2018.