The potential for 3D printing in medicine has created quite the buzz, as surgeons, radiologists and others experiment with ways the technology can improve care. While 3D printing applications in medicine are still developing, one inventor is already looking ahead at the next innovation: 4D printing.

University of Connecticut researchers are using CT scans of musical instruments to print 3D copies of replacement parts. 

Researchers are using imaging to study two newborn woolly mammoths discovered preserved in the Siberian Arctic.

Taking a break from imaging patients, an MRI technologist from Boston University Medical School took scans of a variety of fruits and vegetables. The images produced are worth a look.

A scientist from the United Kingdom has discovered that cannabinoids, which are compounds derived from marijuana, can kill cancerous cells in leukemia patients, according to the Huffington Post.

The combination of CT imaging and 3D printing is allowing surgeons at Children’s National Medical Center to create models of patient’s organs, which are then used to prepare for procedures. Read more at the link below.

An MIT postdoctoral student has coupled MR images of amputees’ limbs and 3D computing to re-engineer the fit between prosthetic limbs and the body, which could address a major issue of discomfort for amputees.

University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison has bucked national CT colonography (CTC) non reimbursement policy and delivered the exam as a screening option for eligible patients since 2004. Credit for the unique program largely rests with Perry J. Pickhardt, MD, UW radiologist. The program also demonstrates the power of radiology leadership.

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., have created a 3D anatomical model by combining CT scans with 3D printing technology.