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Prostheses from the printer

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Orthopaedic technology is a craft that is changing: Whereas in the past plaster casts had to be taken in order to produce custom-made prostheses and orthoses, digitalisation makes things much easier today. In our Topic of the Month, you can find out how 3D scans and 3D printing are used to create custom-fit aids.

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Kyra Molinari
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Digital orthopedic technology
Video: VR in surgical training
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Digital orthopedic technology: scan, customize, print

Topic of the Month

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When auxiliary means like orthoses or prostheses do not come from the shelf, but are adapted to the wearer, this means true crafting: In the past, a plaster mold of a body part had to be made as a template to create an individual aid from it step by step. Fortunately, we have come a long way until today. We not only have 3D scanners at our disposal to capture the form of body parts, but we are also able to 3D print precisely fitting products.
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Digital orthopedic technology: scan, customize, print
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Simulators for learning success – VR in surgical training


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The most important resource in surgical education is the hands-on experience young surgeons are able to get in the OR. But the possibilities to perform surgery on real patients are very limited, and these situations cause insecurity and stress in beginners. Learn in our video from Jan Hillebrand, VirtaMed AG, Prof. Wolf Petersen, Martin Luther Hospital, and Prof. Dieter Hahnloser, University of Lausanne, how Virtual Reality can fill these gaps.
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Simulators for learning success – VR in surgical training
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