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Novel Materials for Repairing Complex Fractures

03/07/2016 8:12 AM

I thought the CR4 crew would be interested in this story I heard on the drive into work this morning. A research team at the University of Pittsburgh is investigating a couple of related biodegradable materials (alloys of magnesium and iron and bioresorbable calcium phosphate putty) and methods for repairing complex fractures. Each fracture is treated with custom-3D printed implants.

These methods avoid using metal plates and screws. Part of the motivation is to avoid the additional surgery required to remove the plates and screws.

I head this story on the Academic Minute, a public-radio show that features brief reviews of academic research on a wide assortment of subjects. Some of you might find this as interesting and intriguing as I do; I highly recommend it (and I didn't get paid for this endorsement).

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Re: Novel Materials for Repairing Complex Fractures

03/07/2016 7:24 PM

Wow.

We've come so far since not that long ago.

It amazes me.

Thanks.

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Re: Novel Materials for Repairing Complex Fractures

03/08/2016 8:50 AM

I know ... seems like every week there is a new drug/appliance/other treatment modality. Yesterday Chelsey published a blog about using an exoskeleton to treat scoliosis: http://cr4.globalspec.com/blogentry/27016/Dynamic-Brace-for-Scoliosis. These are truly disruptive technologies.

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