3D-printed cast uses ultrasound to heal broken bones faster

The Osteoid cast
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Using a cast for months can be really uncomfortable – and because of this, industrial designer Deniz Karasahin created the Osteoid cast, a 3d-printed cast that can help bones to heal faster than the regular cast.

 

The most important feature on this 3D-printed cast is a complimentary low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) bone stimulator system – that helps bones heal more quickly. When connected to this device, for single 20 minute daily sessions this system promises to reduce the healing process up to 38% and increase the heal rate up to 80% in non-union fractures.

The Osteoid cast and the ultrasound systemConventional medical casts sacrifice ventilation for structural integrity. As a result they are itchy, they smell very bad and due to plaster’s material properties they are bulky, heavy and they limit patient’s exposure to water. With a lattice pattern, the Osteoid cast is filled with ventilation holes that helps the patient to feel more comfortable during the healing process since it does not smell or itch – unlike traditional casts.

The Osteoid castAnd due to material properties the Osteoid cast is slimmer, lighter, doesn’t affect from water and is environmentally friendly. Also, it looks much better than the traditional ones, don’t you think?

The Osteoid castOnce again, 3D printing is helping to improve the world: the combination of two cutting-edge technologies, 3D printing and ultrasound system, can make a broken bone a much less painful experience.

 

 

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Done any casts for ankle replacement surgery

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