3D printing of MRI compatible components: Why every MRI research group should have a low-budget 3D printer
Karl-Heinz Herrmann 1 , Clemens Grtner 1 , Martin Krmer 1 , Daniel Gllmar 1 , and Jrgen R. Reichenbach 1
Medical Physics Group, Institute of
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology I, Jena
University Hospital - Friedrich Schiller University
Jena, Jena, Germany
The capabilities of a current low budget 3D printer was
evaluated by designing and building a mouse head
fixation custom fitted to a dedicated recieve coil.
While the low budget 3D printing technology has not yet
outgrown some inherent problems like warping due to
thermal stresses, it was possible to build a fully
functional multipart mouse head fixation. The printing
material Polylactic Acid (PLA) is fully MRI compatible
as even its susceptibility is close to biological
tissue. We therefore consider a low budget 3D printer a
quite useful assessory for MRI labs.
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