Knee Replacements Using Advanced Technology
Exact fit, faster production and more comfortable
For years we have been adding technology to help create better processes to help our loved ones. We use 3D laser scanning to help create reliable braces, and we use this technology to now recreate bones. Researchers and scientists have now found a way to implement this technology to create customized kneed replacements for patients.
The company REJOINT is an Italian based company that is focused on using 3D laser scanning and artificial intelligence to create custom knee prosthetics. The use of this equipment to create personalized knee implants is called additive manufacturing. It has helped make each implant more customized to the individual and create a faster process to help more people.
How other knee implants work
The way to make knee implants was very limited before adding in other technology to improve the process. Knee implants come in a range of sizes that are not custom made and can be painful for the person who needs the implant. Because of the differences between the bone and implant can lead to inflammation causing the knee to hurt in a patient. If not appropriately done, knee replacements can be very painful.
3D laser scanning can capture all of the proper information to make a knee replacement fit exactly right. It not only cuts the production time of creating a prosthetic in half but also makes the patient more comfortable. If done properly, the patient won’t notice the knee replacement and will heal well with the proper sizing.
How does 3D laser scanning work
The company uses the 3D laser scanning device to take accurate measurements of a patient’s knee cap. They can analyze the data up close on a computer or other system. They use this information to determine what size would be best for the individual and come up with precise measurements that ensure the most amount of comfort.
After this, artificial intelligence is used to compare all of the possible sizes and outcomes for a patient. This is to ensure the right process and steps are done for the measurements. This step goes rather quickly, thanks to how quickly technology has become.
The information collected from the 3D laser scanning device and artificial intelligence is then given to the surgeon, who can then determine if it is the best course of action and analyze it. When it has been approved, they can practice on a simulation to practice exact placement. When everything has gone smoothly, and the process is almost perfect, they can perform a knee replacement on the actual patient.
Artificial intelligence and 3D laser scanning have changed the way we operate on patients and will continue to grow in the medical fields. It allows doctors to see all of the information that may typically go missed and can save patients’ lives. These tools should not be overlooked; they provide many uses throughout the medical world.
This technology will create some of the best ways to provide medical help quickly. As more variations of 3D laser scanning come out, more doctors and surgeons will adopt the equipment.