Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have introduced a groundbreaking use of 4D printing for personalized breast cancer treatment.

In a first-of-its-kind approach, they’ve developed dynamic 4D printed breast implants that can adjust in size. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans could be used to customize the implant according to the patient’s needs. Moreover, once implanted, the 4D printed “smart device” can expand to better conform to the patient’s body. This change in size and shape occurs as a response to the patient’s interstitial fluids providing an extra level of customization based on the patient’s profile.

The use of technology such as this, which allows a concentrated delivery of the drug just to where it is needed, can help make treatment more effective and kinder.

Thanks to their small size, these breast implants are also affordable and easy to manufacture. As such, they can be prepared in hospitals for direct and personalized treatment, reducing costs and providing better options for patients.

This innovation offers better outcomes for patients, addressing the aesthetic and therapeutic aspects of breast cancer treatment. The implants are created using «smart materials» that respond to external stimuli like pH, temperature, and magnetic fields. This approach promises a more patient-centered and cost-effective alternative to current breast cancer treatments.

Article written by ALEX TYRER-JONES| Image by The Engineer



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