Casts are an ugly, bulky necessities for someone with broken limbs. If you’ve broken anything before you know how uncomfortable and itchy they are. Not to mention how obnoxious it is to get clothes on or trying to shower. Well there’s a new option (well, prototype) that looks badass, and could help you heal up to 40-80% faster.
This stylish 3D-printed cast for broken bones uses an ultrasonic pulse generator to help stimulate the growth of new bone. The idea of vibrations to heal bones has been around for a while, but it wasn’t until last year that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved a low-intensity ultrasound system for use on bone fractures that fail to heal after nine months.
The Osteoid cast, created by Turkish student Deniz Karasahin, uses these low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) to speed bone regrowth, which was previously impossible as doctors couldn’t get past the plaster cast to apply the vibrational therapy. However with the new 3D printed cast that isn’t an issue:
According to Karasahin:
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.
Other benefits? The cast has a snap-together design that can easily be removed, it’s well ventilated (so you won’t get that smell or the itching problem) and it’s waterproof, so submerse and shower away! Bonus Points: You get to feel like a bionic human. So far the only downside to this that we can see is no one can sign it.
For more information on this awesome AF prototype, watch the video below: