3D printing of fantastic human brain scans
There can be few structures in nature that are as fascinating as the human brain and modern scanning techniques make it a wonderful subject for 3D printing, in both health and disease. Here are a few examples.
Neurosurgeon Mike Hart and his research group have created some impressive 3D models derived from segmented brain scan, which Media Studio has used to print accurate, life-size, full-colour 3D prints
This brain segmentation has removed the tumour to leave a hole in the healthy brain tissue
The same brain with the tumour as a separate 3D print
3D-printed brain showing the effects of dementia
The effects of senile dementia and fronto-temporal dementia are graphically illustrated in these 3D prints from brain scans – compared to a normal brain on the left
Here, we have used a different 3D-printing technology to make a life-sized transparent brain model showing its principal blood vessels.