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