KUPPD: 3D scanning post-mastectomy

This project is looking to improve breast prostheses by understanding people’s experiences and preferences following treatment for breast cancer.

Using innovative 3D body scanning technology, researchers will build a virtual model of the area affected by breast cancer surgery. The model can be used to develop perfectly fitting 3D breast prostheses.

Results from this project will be used to inform the development of better products and services to better serve the breast cancer community.

It is being carried out by KUPPD in collaboration with researchers at the Manchester Fashion Institute (part of Manchester Metropolitan University) and partly funded by Health Innovation Manchester.


  • Women aged 18+
  • Have undergone a single or double mastectomy, or some form of breast reconstruction.


  • Manchester Metropolitan University (M15 6BH)


There are two ways to take part in this project:

Body scan

  • Attending an appointment lasting about 45 minutes at the Manchester Fashion Institute where you will have a 3D body scan.  It is a quick and simple non-contact, non-medical method of capturing the shape of a person’s body. The scanning equipment is located in a private area with a reserved changing room.
  • Body scan participants will receive a £50 voucher of their choice and reasonable travel expenses.


  • For those unable to attend for a body scan appointment, you can complete an online questionnaire capturing your preferences and experiences, and what you’d love when choosing, wearing, and owning breast forms.

Recruiting until

  • 31 August 2022

Want to take part or learn more?