Aside from the obvious pain of breaking bones, the healing process can be quite uncomfortable and lengthy. A Turkish student named Deniz Karasahin hopes to change that with the Osteoid, a 3D-printed cast.
The Osteoid combines 3D printing with ultrasonic technology to use vibrations to heal broken bones. With traditional ultrasonic therapy, doctors weren't able to get the vibrations through the cast. Osteoid has a skeletal design which allows the ultrasonic therapy to be performed directly on the skin.
"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," Karasahin said.
The cast is currently just a prototype but, if it does go into production, Osteoid would be personalized to custom-fit each patient.