A revolutionary new process for developing scanned images produced in MRI scans is on this rise. Through the use of magnetic waves in the scanning process to decrease contrast between soft tissue, Black Bone scanning both enhances the imaging and negates patients’ radiation exposure during the scanning process. According to the British Radiology Journal, the scans present “a radiation-free method of scanning the head and neck.” Looking at results the technique generates, researchers believe Black Bone scanning could potentially replace CT scanning entirely.

The creation process of 3D printed surgical models

In order to confirm this theory, researches from the University of Oxford conducted scans using both CT scanning and Black Bone scanning on an adult and a toddler. They were able to compare the results of these scans to assess the imaging differences in the two techniques, as well as observe the differences in the 3D printed medical model from both techniques. After analyzing results of the two methods, researches concluded that the Black Bone method presents a feasible alternative to CT scanning in the head and neck areas.

3D printed models of the head allow surgeons to carefully and accurately premeditate surgeries

3D printed surgical models are becoming an integral part of the preoperative process. The models allow doctors to physically simulate surgical operations on the models which provides crucial assistance to their surgical planning. Traditionally, the combination of MRI and CT scans has been necessary in order to generate the files needed to produce an accurate 3D printed model. However, this new break through in the ability of Black Bone scanning could potentially eliminate the need for radiation-exposing CT scans by serving as a substitute. Researchers have concluded that the Black Bone scanning technique provides for a viable alternative to the traditional process. As this scanning method is continually more utilized by doctors, the 3D printed surgical models that it will generate will not only be just as accurate, if not more, but also created in a safer, more efficient manor.