Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Deniz Karasahin, a designer, has created the first prototype for a new kind of cast called the Osteoid. The hope is that the Osteoid will revolutionize how we treat broken bones. Plus, his 3D-printed cast is way more awesome looking than the standard cast. The holes in the cast also lead me to believe that they probably smell way less terrible too. But that’s just a hunch on my part. It looks pretty awesome too!



To make the cast, a scan is done of the patient’s arm, then modeling software generates a cast and creates the holes. The cast also has an ultrasound system called LIPUS, which stands for Low-Intensity-Pulsed-Ultrasound-System. LIPUS increases the speed of healing broken bones, which, if you’ve ever had a broken bone, is welcome news. And the best part? The cast can be made in any color you want. Sweet!