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3D printing of testicular prostheses

Study level

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Dr Cynthia Wong
Position
Senior Research Fellow, 3D Tissue Engineering & Histology
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Mia Woodruff
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

External supervisors

  • Dr Nicholas Rukin, Redcliffe Hospital

Overview

Testicular prostheses are implanted in men after surgery for testicular cancer or with congenital birth abnormalities.

Current prostheses have issues with leakage or rupture as they contain silicone gel or saline to replicate the texture of a testicle. Others use solid silicone polymer and are too rigid which decreases patient satisfaction.

There is a need to create testicular prosthesis that do not contain silicone or liquid and possess similar consistency to native tissue.

Research activities

As part of this research, we will be:

  • 3D printing of prosthesis
  • mechanical testing of developed prosthesis

Outcomes

We're seeking to use 3D printing to create a thermoplastic testicular prosthesis with a softer consistency without the use of gel or liquid.

Skills and experience

We would be interested in any experience in 3D printing you may have.

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Contact

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