Three-dimensional Physical Modeling: Applications and Experience at Mayo Clinic

Radiographics. 2015 Nov-Dec;35(7):1989-2006. doi: 10.1148/rg.2015140260.


Radiologists will be at the center of the rapid technologic expansion of three-dimensional (3D) printing of medical models, as accurate models depend on well-planned, high-quality imaging studies. This article outlines the available technology and the processes necessary to create 3D models from the radiologist's perspective. We review the published medical literature regarding the use of 3D models in various surgical practices and share our experience in creating a hospital-based three-dimensional printing laboratory to aid in the planning of complex surgeries.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Humans
  • Physical Examination
  • Printing*
  • Printing, Three-Dimensional*