3D Printed Prosthetic Sockets Based on MRI Scans Help Improve Fit
Fitting a prosthetic to an amputee’s residual limb is often a challenge, in many cases leading to patients refusing to use their prostheses because of pain and general discomfort. We just covered work being conducted at University of Southampton on a new force sensing liner that can improve how prosthetic sockets are fitted, but there’s also work at MIT’s Media Lab that offers an additional approach. David Sengeh, a researchers in the lab, recently gave a TED talk describing how MRI mapping of residual limbs and 3D printing of multi-material sockets are being used to solve the long standing challenge of fitting prostheses.