A biomedical engineer at the University of Connecticut (UConn) used her expertise in 3D printing to develop a soft, breathable material that is custom fitted to a woman’s chest wall after a mastectomy. The result is a lightweight, natural-looking alternative to other breast forms. Liisa Kuhn, PhD, a professor who has labs at UConn Health and the UConn Engineering School, created the prosthesis.
“It’s been a need for many, many years, and it takes someone like a biomedical engineer to say, ‘I can do this,’” said Susan Tannenbaum, MD, an oncologist who participated in the project.
To see a video about the prosthesis, visit UConn’s website.