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Abstract #1301

3D printing of MRI compatible components: Why every MRI research group should have a low-budget 3D printer

Karl-Heinz Herrmann 1 , Clemens Grtner 1 , Martin Krmer 1 , Daniel Gllmar 1 , and Jrgen R. Reichenbach 1

1 Medical Physics Group, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology I, Jena University Hospital - Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena, Germany

The capabilities of a current low budget 3D printer was evaluated by designing and building a mouse head fixation custom fitted to a dedicated recieve coil. While the low budget 3D printing technology has not yet outgrown some inherent problems like warping due to thermal stresses, it was possible to build a fully functional multipart mouse head fixation. The printing material Polylactic Acid (PLA) is fully MRI compatible as even its susceptibility is close to biological tissue. We therefore consider a low budget 3D printer a quite useful assessory for MRI labs.

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