A 3D printed ceramic cryotherapy probe would prevent breast cancer

Medical company Marvel Medtech enables a pathway to breast cancer prevention. The company will use XJet’s NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ) technology to 3D print a ceramic cryotherapy probe in clinics across the USA.

The process

The company’s new tool will be used during MRI scans. This approach to breast cancer prevention is aggressive and will enable early elimination while removing the need for future expensive and invasive biopsy and any other surgical procedures.

The cryotherapy probe freezes and destroys the most dangerous tiny breast cancer tumors and prevents them from growing.

Through this process, the company is also hopeful that the new procedure will kick-start the body’s anti-cancer immune response to further prevent the recurrence of cancerous tumors.

Ray Harter, President, Marvel Medtech, comments: “Our new approach preempts the need for many biopsies, surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Obviously, the expectation is that it’s likely to save many lives, but it will also dramatically improve the quality of life for patients. In addition, we also know that by eradicating those procedures, it will also reduce overall healthcare costs. And these are not insignificant savings – annually, these could be in the many billions of dollars.

But in making this system a reality, we were missing a vital piece of the puzzle. The tools used inside an MRI scanner must be compatible with strict safety guidelines, and crucially, not disrupt image quality. Because they are one of the most electrically insulating materials, ceramics are an ideal material to achieve this. However, we were unable to find a ceramic-based 3D printer able to accurately and cost effectively produce our ceramic probe. This is why we are adopting XJet’s Carmel 1400 solution.

If you are a regular reader of 3D ADEPT Media, then you should know XJet’s unique NPJ technology and a few applications the 3D printing system is capable to achieve.

Breast cancer prevention

Breast cancer prevention has been a key issue for medical professionals. 2017 statistics of the Canadian Company Cancer showed that 5000 women died of a breast cancer, a statistic that represents 13% of causes of death in women. 

At the technological level, have opted for 3D mammography or 3D printed breast cancer detector not to mention that after the cancer, women now have the possibility to use 3D printed prosthetic breast.

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