Bones as Prosthetics Using 3D Laser Scanning
New possibilities bring physical and emotional healing
3D laser scanning has opened up our world and allowed us to have many options in certain areas. It has become one of the hottest topics in the technological society because of its many uses. Doctors and teams of researchers have adopted the use of this technology to work on their patients for many reasons. 3D laser scanning provides a way for a patient to get treated much faster than they usually would and allows doctors to create individualized treatments based on a person.
3D laser scanning does not make magic happen, but it does allow amazing things to be done by professionals worldwide. It cannot cure cancer, but it may help detect any problems before things get bad. Now, this technology has gotten so advanced it has been used to create prosthetics. However, these are not just any prosthetics. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have to figure out how to make actual bones for patients from 3D laser scanning and 3D printing.
This new creation allows a doctor to scan the bones in the patient and mirror the image to determine how long a bone should be where it is missing. Or this can be used to help broken bones heal. It uses a natural substance that can fuse with the remaining bone and heal properly, or create an entirely new bone.
What is bio-ink
Most places that are working with creating bones will use Bioink. It is a hydrogel material that can fit through a needle, and once it is in place, the shape can hold for a long time. It is a natural substance that won’t cause harm to a human body, making it one of the best resources to use when 3D printing bones. Bio-ink is very interesting because researchers have actually been able to use it for many different things, on people who need other things besides prosthetics. Bio-ink is becoming as useful as 3D laser scanning, and it makes a unique tool that allows patients to have what they actually need.
Particle3D in Denmark is hoping to perfect this process to give patients a more comfortable and natural way to get the prosthetics they need. They use the natural bio-ink made of tricalcium phosphate and fatty acids. Then through a then needle, it is injected into the area that needs help. Before anything gets injected, it must be a specific temperature, it will need to be hot to mold properly. Once it cools, it will take the shape it needs to. This creates a robust structure that can last for however long it needs to.
3D laser scanning has opened up our world and started a movement in technology. We are now relying on technology to create possibilities for us to use, which is helping to upgrade our standard of living. In a way, we are using technology to get back to more natural ways of life. Figuring out how to create natural bones is one of the most significant steps we could take, and from there, we will continue to use this technology in the same manner.