3D Printing for Biopsy Evaluation

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A 3D printer prints something green.
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our physicians work closely with lab medicine pathologists to determine diagnoses.
  • Most of our lab testing is done in our own lab and we have access to a far wider array of tests than most hospitals.
  • With 3-D diagnostic imaging, less tissue needs to be removed for a biopsy.

Yale Medicine physicians and researchers are trailblazing the development and clinical use of innovative imaging technologies. "Our lab is hard at work trying to push the limits of what is possible in terms of characterizing and understanding disease," says Richard Torres, MD, MS, assistant professor of Laboratory Medicine and director of the Clinical Flow Cytometry Laboratory at Yale School of Medicine. As new developments surface in relevant engineering fields, Dr. Torres and his fellow research scientists look for ways to apply these advancements to lab-test analysis and disease diagnosis and treatment. Most exciting is the use of 3-D imaging technologies to enhance the analysis of biopsies, or the removal and examination of a typically microscopic tissue sample, most often to determine whether a tumor is harmless or cancerous.