Heal bones faster with the 3D printed 'Osteoid' cast

Heal bones faster with the 3D printed 'Osteoid' cast

A miraculous recovery

Image: Deniz Karasahin

Turkish student Deniz Karasahin has used the technology of 3D printing to create the 'Osteoid' – a medical cast that uses ultrasonic vibrations to speed up the healing process

A groundbreaking, 3D printed cast prototype that's set to heal bone injuries faster than a normal cast has recently been revealed by Industrial student designer, Deniz Karasahin.

The device called the 'Osteoid' has a unique and futuristic design that allows fresh air to ventilate the skin while the cast is in place, it is also water-resistant and much lighter than a traditional plaster cast.

Although the vibration technology itself isn't new, the process of creating a 3D printed cast that fits the patient is. "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 nonunion fractures," stated Karasahin.

Even though the 'Osteoid' cast is still in its beginning stages, the idea behind the 3D printed cast could significantly change orthopedic surgery practices in the future.    

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