3D Print of the Week

3D print of the week: a cardiac Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) scanner

The Physics and Instrumentation Group of Penn Medicine’s Department of Radiology is developing a unique cardiac Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) scanner, named C-SPECT. The scanner will acquire all data without scanner motion, which enables shorter scans and the possibility to study the evolving 3D distribution, which can be used to obtain additional information about the flow of blood that is nourishing the myocardium. The project, led by Dr. Scott Metzler of Radiology, is funded by the NIH and includes cardiology colleagues for evaluating the scanner with patients. The Biomedical Library 3D-printed numerous parts during the fabrication of the scanner. In particular, many custom fixtures and cover pieces were printed. For visualization and education purposes, a scale model of the base, detectors, and cover were printed. 

Dr. Scott D. Metzler

Learn more about the Biomedical Library’s 3D printing service which is proud to print complimentary objects and provide 3D design consultations  contributing to innovation in teaching, learning, research, and clinical care at the University of Pennsylvania.

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