Parc Taulí launches the PIT-3D project for the design and printing of custom breast prostheses for mastectomized women

Parc Taulí launches the PIT-3D project for the design and printing of custom breast prostheses for mastectomized women 1080 586 Parc Taulí current affairs

The project aims to respond to the discomfort expressed by many women wearing prostheses that are marketed in standard sizes. Only similar projects have been found in the world in Canada and Mexico.

The Parc Taulí Oncology Service, with the help of the 3D Surgical Planning Laboratory of the Parc Taulí Research and Innovation Institute (I3PT), has launched an innovative project to create personalized breast prostheses, thanks to 3D printing, for women with breast cancer who have been mastectomized and who cannot or do not want to have a breast reconstruction.

The project is led by Àngels Placeres, a case manager nurse from the Breast Pathology Unit at Parc Taulí, who, over the years, has received many inquiries from women who have had a breast reconstruction. discomfort of prostheses hitherto marketed in standard sizes, and with materials that often generate a certain rejection due to their excessive weight ”.

It is committed to offering the best answer to a problem posed by patients

Faced with this, Àngels turned to the professionals of the 3D Laboratory of Parc Taulí, to raise the possibility of being able to customize these prostheses to the precise size of each woman, and with more comfortable materials and as similar as possible to the breast itself. The idea was very well received at the 3D Laboratory, where they set out to launch a line of research in order to give the best answer to this need.

Once approved by the institution's own Clinical Research Ethics Committee (CEIC), the project has already begun with a pilot test with a small group of women to assess its technical feasibility and determine its behavior. of having the prosthesis so that it is as close as possible to your own breast.

Prototyping of prostheses will be performed through a non-invasive reengineering process. In parallel, the engineers of the 3D Laboratory are working on different material proposals, which will be evaluated in the next phases of the project.

The coordinator of the 3D Laboratory, Dr. Ferran Fillat, does not hide his enthusiasm with this new goal: "collaborating in a project of this nature, with great social impact, motivates us and is a great challenge." Fillat points out that, once again, "demonstrates the great potential of 3D printing applied in health, where many of its applications are yet to be discovered."

Currently, Parc Taulí treats about 250 women with breast cancer each year, of which between 20 and 25% end up undergoing a mastectomy. "The psychological impact of this intervention is important, so we feel the need to bet on this project, in order to offer the highest possible degree of satisfaction to women who have to suffer this process," said Placeres.

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