3D prints used in orthopedic study — 5 takeaways

Written by Adam Schrag | April 17, 2017 | Print  |

Researchers at Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai used 3D prints to compare heel deformity treatments and presented their findings at the AAOS Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Here are five things to know:

1. Researchers evaluated the most common techniques used to treat Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease with 18 identical 3D prints of a single patient's heel.


2. The models were used to compare correction methods from three different types of operations.


3. No technique adequately corrects the deformity.


4. The Charcot-Marie-Tooth-Association funded the study.


5. The study's abstract was selected as one of six for the "Game Changers" sessions at the March AAOS annual meeting.


Lead author and Cedars-Sinai Foot and Ankle Program Director Glenn B. Pfeffer, MD, said, "This is one of the first times 3D prints have been used in orthopedic research and we're thankful for the support of CMTA to use this new technology to help improve patient care."


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