The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently highlighted our radiation/oncology department’s use of advanced 3D printer technology in a “Healthy Me PA” segment featuring the best of Pennsylvania hospitals.
In the segment, Veeral Patel, MD, Mount Nittany Physician Group Radiation Oncology, and Neal Holter, medical physicist, Mount Nittany Medical Center, explain how using CT simulation to create a custom bolus on the 3D printer allows us to better target radiation treatment areas, providing a personalized, tailored treatment for each individual. In radiation therapy, bolus is a material that has properties equivalent to tissue when treated. It is widely used in practice to reduce or alter dosing for targeted radiation therapy. Using the 3D printer, a custom bolus can usually be created in less than 24 hours.