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Volume 2 Issue 1
Mar.  2020
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Tino R, Leary M, Yeo A, Kyriakou E, Kron T et al. Additive manufacturing in radiation oncology: a review of clinical practice, emerging trends and research opportunities. Int. J. Extrem. Manuf. 2, 012003(2020).
Citation: Tino R, Leary M, Yeo A, Kyriakou E, Kron T et al. Additive manufacturing in radiation oncology: a review of clinical practice, emerging trends and research opportunities. Int. J. Extrem. Manuf. 2, 012003(2020).

Additive manufacturing in radiation oncology: a review of clinical practice, emerging trends and research opportunities


doi: 10.1088/2631-7990/ab70af
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  • Publish Date: 2020-03-01
  • The additive manufacturing (AM) process plays an important role in enabling cross-disciplinary research in engineering and personalised medicine. Commercially available clinical tools currently utilised in radiotherapy are typically based on traditional manufacturing processes, often leading to non-conformal geometries, time-consuming manufacturing process and highcosts. An emerging application explores the design and development of patient-specific clinical tools using AM to optimise treatment outcomes among cancer patients receiving radiation therapy. In this review, we:

    • highlight the key advantages of AM in radiotherapy where rapid prototyping allows for patient-specific manufacture

    • explore common clinical workflows involving radiotherapy tools such as bolus,compensators, anthropomorphic phantoms, immobilisers, and brachytherapy moulds; and

    • investigate how current AM processes are exploited by researchers to achieve patient tissue-like imaging and dose attenuations.

    Finally, significant AM research opportunities in this space are highlighted for their future advancements in radiotherapy for diagnostic and clinical research applications.

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Additive manufacturing in radiation oncology: a review of clinical practice, emerging trends and research opportunities

doi: 10.1088/2631-7990/ab70af
  • 1 RMIT Centre for Additive Manufacture, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2 Physical Sciences Department, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia
  • 3 ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • 4 Centre for Medical Radiation Physics, University of Wollongong, Wollongong Australia

Abstract: 

The additive manufacturing (AM) process plays an important role in enabling cross-disciplinary research in engineering and personalised medicine. Commercially available clinical tools currently utilised in radiotherapy are typically based on traditional manufacturing processes, often leading to non-conformal geometries, time-consuming manufacturing process and highcosts. An emerging application explores the design and development of patient-specific clinical tools using AM to optimise treatment outcomes among cancer patients receiving radiation therapy. In this review, we:

• highlight the key advantages of AM in radiotherapy where rapid prototyping allows for patient-specific manufacture

• explore common clinical workflows involving radiotherapy tools such as bolus,compensators, anthropomorphic phantoms, immobilisers, and brachytherapy moulds; and

• investigate how current AM processes are exploited by researchers to achieve patient tissue-like imaging and dose attenuations.

Finally, significant AM research opportunities in this space are highlighted for their future advancements in radiotherapy for diagnostic and clinical research applications.

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