3D imaging offers hope in fight against children’s cancers


Ivan Lau.
Ivan Lau.

AN Aubin Grove resident will investigate how three-dimensional printing could be used to help neurosurgeons treat Australia’s second most common type of cancer among children.

Ivan Lau (22) was recently awarded a $3000 James Crofts Hope Foundation Vacation Scholarship, part of $4 million in research funding announced by Cancer Council WA.

The medical imaging student at Curtin University said she would use the $3000 to explore how 3D printed brain models could help surgeons visualise brain tumours.

“The hope is that an accurate 3D representation of the brain tumour will help the surgeons infer precise volume and dimension of the tumour and result in more effective surgical planning with better treatment outcomes,” she said.

The technology was being used increasingly in medicine.

“This is definitely an area that has a lot of possibilities,” she said.