In 2007, Steven Keating had his brain scanned out of sheer curiosity. He had joined a research study that included an MRI scan, & he asked that the scan’s raw data be returned to him. The scan revealed only a slight abnormality, near his brain’s smell center, which he was advised to have re-evaluated in a few years. A second scan, in 2010, showed no change, suggesting that the abnormality was most likely benign.
While the second scan provided reassurance, Steven’s knowledge of the abnormality — as a result of having access to the raw data from these scans — ultimately led to the detection of a baseball-sized tumor that was removed in 2014.
Since the surgery, Steven’s curiosity has only become more acute. This has been fueled, in large part, by his close connection with his doctors & the data they were able to provide. With this abundance of data, Steven was able to apply his own research interests to develop an intimate understanding of his brain & his tumor. In Oxman’s Mediated Matter Group, his research explores how to leverage 3-D printing & other fabrication methods to print everything from living organisms to entire buildings.