3D Printing Brain Tumors for Patient Empowerment
Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, from Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital has teamed up with the Cardiac 3D Print Lab for a unique patient empowerment program.
Over the past 9 months, the Cardiac 3D Print Lab has been producing 3D prints of patient brain tumors following surgeries. These unique 3D prints are then given to patients for a cathartic experience (i.e. destroying the 3D print) or patient empowerment (e.g. showing the prints to their friends and community).
The patient empowerment initiative is sponsored by the Patient and Family Alumni Leadership, a fundraising group comprised of former Phoenix Children's Hospital patients.
12-year-old Zachary Stachiw received a 3D print of his brain tumor, which was only discovered after he received a concussion during a hockey game. "I got a CT scan and that's when they found out I had a brain tumor," Zachary said. Barrow Neurological Institute's surgical team removed Zachary's benign tumor. While the experience was terrifying, it was easier to manage, in part, because of a 3D print of his brain tumor. "I could see how big it was and how the shape was, so I could see what was inside my head at the time," Zachary said.
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