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A 3D-printed human torso is helping doctors safely model internal radiation treatments for cancer. 

AbdoMan, created by a team at the ICR and The Royal Marsden, is a replica of a human abdomen. It can be filled with a solution that replicates the radiation produced by a course of internal radiation therapy. 

By scanning AbdoMan using CT technology, the team can see how radiation is distributed throughout the internal organs, and create computer models of how the therapy will affect real patients. 

Internal radiation therapy is an innovative way to deliver radiation to the site of a tumour, and has been pioneered by researchers at the ICR and The Royal Marsden. Rather than relying on an external source of radiation such as X-rays, the treatment uses unstable molecules that emit radiation as they decay. These are delivered into the bloodstream and are carried to the cancer cells, destroying the tumour from inside the body

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