Breaking a bone can be debilitating, even resulting in temporary disability depending on which area of the body experiences the fracture. Often fractures can result in the individual having to use mobility equipment like crutches or a wheelchair to get around or at the very least have the uncomfortable experience of wearing a cast for several weeks while the healing process takes place. Now, a new concept for healing bones could be the way of the future, allowing people to regain their mobility faster than ever before.
So what makes the cast so different from traditional casts? The Osteoid has a unique design. While currently in the concept phase, is a 3D printed cast that resembles a sort of lattice or linked design. You might think it looks like something from a Sci-Fi movie, but the open lattice would eliminate the itch and odor that usually one experiences for several weeks while the healing process takes place beneath a plaster cast. This design would also allow the cast to be customized to the body of each individual and any body part to aide in the healing process. The thought is that because it is lighter and weighs less than a traditional cast, and customized for each individual body, that it could potential heal broken bones up to 80% faster than traditional methods!
So how did this concept come about? Developed by a Turkish designer named Deniz Karasahin, wanted to create a product that was light, slim, comfortable, and environmentally friendly. Apart from the physical design of the cast is how it actually works.
So how could the Osteoid cast potentially heal so much more quickly than traditional casts? The Osteoid uses an ultrasound technology. Many of us are familiar with ultrasound to monitor the health of unborn babies developing in the womb. This ultrasound technology designed for the Osteoid would emit a low intensity pulse for approximately 20 minutes per day.
Karasahin’s design has recently been recognized on the awards circuit, winning the A’Design Award in the 3-D Printed Forms and Products Design category. Apart from winning awards, the Osteoid is garnering attention from the medical community which shows strong evidence that low dose ultrasound technology really can and does aide in the healing of broken bones and potentially shortening short term disability for those who suffer fractures.
To learn more about the Osteoid cast, visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10795326/3D-printed-cast-could-heal-bones-40-per-cent-faster.html
Have you ever broken a bone or experienced the inconvenience of a traditional cast? How do you think the Osteoid concept could change the healing experience for those experiencing fractures? Tell us what you think in the comments!