By Aine Cryts
Dynamic group interaction. Contributing audience members. A hands-on course. Those are three reasons Beth Ripley, MD, PhD, a radiologist at the Wash.-based VA Puget Sound Health Care System, is looking forward to co-presenting a session called “Image to 3D Prints: How 3D Printing Works (Hands-On)” at the Radiological Association of North America’s (RSNA’s) annual meeting, which takes place in Chicago from December 1 to December 6. She will co-present this session at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4.

Attendees will get exposure to the concept of 3D printing, says Ripley, who has refreshed the session she presented at RSNA 18. She expects attendees to range from those who want to get a basic understanding of 3D printing to those who are contemplating launching a 3D printing lab.

“[W]e really wanted to push the envelope and introduce some more challenging cases to get the audience thinking about how to take 3D printing to the next level,” Ripley tells AXIS Imaging News.

This year’s session also features a regulatory component where she’ll discuss FDA guidelines; this will be done in a case-study format. Ripley enthuses that attendees will have more hands-on work with printers and post-processing of models. In addition, the session will feature a short, interactive experience to demonstrate quality management aspects of 3D printing.

Ripley says she’ll also dive into some of the quality and safety concerns with medical 3D printing.

Aine Cryts is a contributing writer for AXIS Imaging News.