3DMedTALKS l 3D printing and patient experience with surgery

Georgi Makin, Editor of 3DMedNet, is joined by Jade Parker (Oncology Central) and Shana Cook (Milwaukee School of Engineering, WI, USA) as they discuss how patient experience with surgery can be improved with 3D printing, drawing from Shana’s personal experience 3D printing her own tumor from MRI data, following surgical resection of retroperitoneal leiomyosarcoma.

Guest biography

Shana Cook


I am Shana Cook, a Senior Biomedical Engineering Student at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. I recently completed a personal project in which I used my DICOM data to 3D print the tumor resected from me before I returned to school and finished my undergraduate degree. I would like to reflect on how medical 3D printing applications impacted me directly as a patient, student and aspiring MD.


The use of 3D printing in surgery is growing as surgical teams begin to recognise the benefits of preoperative planning and rehearsal, but further benefits exist outside of the immediate surgical team. Clinicians have found 3D-printed anatomical models useful in explaining complex procedures to patients and their families, for example, but how much further can the benefits of 3D-printed anatomies and pathologies go?

In this podcast – in collaboration with Oncology Central – 3DMedNet considers the patient experience of surgery and how 3D printing can alter a patient’s perspective pre- and post procedure.


  • At 5:11, Cook left Benedictine University in May of 2013, rather than March as quoted.
  • At 5:43, the MRI scan revealing the tumor was conducted in 2015, rather than 2013 as quoted.

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