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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:12

Laser Scanning Technologies in Prosthetics

As in many industries you see advances in technology that can truly benefit a user or consumer, and that holds true within the field of prosthetics. There are many advances that not only help Prosthetists provide better care, but also play a pivotal role in providing better outcomes for amputees. One of those is the Optical 3D Laser Scanner, and has been successfully utilized here at Fourroux Prosthetics for many years!

What is an Optical 3D Laser Scanner?

Prosthetic Socket Design at Fourroux Prosthetics

It is a non-contact form of measurement and documentation using a laser. The laser, which is transmitted from a small handheld device, captures prices shapes, details and geometries. At Fourroux Prosthetics, we use laser scanning as a method of capturing an exact replica of an amputee's limb, which is a critical step in allowing us to create a well fitting, customized prosthetic socket for each individual amputee.

What are some benefits to me as an amputee?

Time: Traditionally a Prosthetist uses plaster, and takes a cast of a patient's limb. This can be a very messy, inconvenient, and timely process. Plaster needs time to set, and once a cast is created, it takes time to fill the cast in order for a plaster model to be created. That plaster model is then shaped and manipulated, by hand, to get it ready for the socket creation. This process can take hours, sometimes days, before a model is ready to create the prosthetic socket.

With an Optical 3D Laser Scanner, a replication of a patient's limb is captured within a matter of seconds. It's clean, precise and efficient! That 3D image is stored in a computer, and allows a practitioner to make alterations to it utilizing an accurate computer software program. It is then instantaneously forwarded to machine that carves an exact replica of your limb. This entire process takes minutes!

Less time creating a replication of your limb equals more quality time a Fourroux practitioner can spend with a patient learning about their needs, their lifestyle and their desires.

Accuracy: Traditional plaster methods are subject to inaccuracies, due to the types of plaster, how the plaster is applied and at what tension. Inaccuracies also occur when a cast is removed, fill with plaster, and finally when it is hand modified. It is a process that is extremely inaccurate and one that is not repeatable.

Laser Scanning technology is quite the opposite. It is:

  • Fast
  • Precise
  • Easily analyzed and adjusted using computer software
  • Storable and accessible for future references
  • Very repeatable

The use of Optical 3D Laser Scanning technology in prosthetics is a vast improvement over traditional methods, which are still commonly used today. The benefits and results of this advancement in prosthetics are unmatched, and of great benefit to the patients we serve at Fourroux Prosthetics.

If you would like to learn more about Fourroux's use of 3D Optical Laser Scanning and how it can benefit you as a patient, or if you would like to see it in action, contact us at any one of our Fourroux Patient Care facilities.

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