The Research on Additive Manufacturing and biomedical Imaging Laboratory (RAMI Lab) is a joint lab created in July 2019 by Teiga Srls and the Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics, and Systems Engineering of the University of Genoa. The respective representatives are Patrizia Boccacci (for DIBRIS) and Cristina De Ambrosi (for TEIGA).
The laboratory has been created with the aim of integrate and improve our skills in the fields of image processing, 3D design and rendering and 3D printing combined with training, design and research applied to hardware and software technologies, especially in the biomedical field.
The laboratory initiatives, carried out within the main sectors of ICT, robotics, hardware and software design, aim to carry out the research in those interest fields and to train highly qualified personnel.
Concerning the training, Teiga makes its know-how available for degree theses, organization of training interventions for students, studies, research and didactic activities in support of the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses in Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering, centered on image processing and 3D modelling. The organization of meetings and seminars, the performance of internships at the Teiga office and the collaboration in the preparation of teaching materials and in the definition of course programs are also planned.
Regarding the scientific research, Teiga and DIBRIS will participate in national and international research programs, and will perform joint research activities in innovative technologies and methodologies in the medical sector with industrial applications.
The main purpose of the RAMI Lab is to provide and to exchange tools between the image processing studies and the 3D printing field. Starting from the case-based specific study and the images sent by the specialist, image processing techniques will be applied for a subsequent 3D modeling aimed at printing an interesting anatomical part.
The possibility of patient-based 3D printing has various practical applications in both human and veterinary medical fields:
– Prosthetic implantology study, with possible pre-study of external reperies;
– Pre-surgical study and surgical planning;
– Oncological assessments on the possibility of surgical resection without injury of adjacent structures;
– Study of rehabilitation activities;
– Teaching activity.
The RAMI Lab will be able to provide the specialist with 3D printed models and will be supportive in the subsequent phases, by applying some of the mentioned activities to parallel studies for the correct implementation of the intervention.