UCSF is at the cutting edge of development of personalized treatment devices. Our department has an active 3D printing laboratory that is pushing the boundaries of customized therapy and new device development. This technology plays a critical role in our brachytherapy and thermal therapy clinic.
In expert hands brachytherapy can be tailored to match each patient’s specific needs. Our brachytherapy program goes above and beyond standard practices of treatment. We can use our 3D printing technology to create custom applicators for each patient. This allows us to tailor each patient’s treatment specifically to his or her unique anatomy. Professor Adam Cunha, the lead physicist of the brachytherapy program, is a world leader in applications of 3D printing in brachytherapy. Professor Chris Diederich and his research group are utilizing 3D printing for custom hyperthermia applicators and development of new technologies for image guided thermal therapy.