AI robot may help heal bones

Every lower leg fracture is different. Depending on the forces that acted on the bone, the damage pattern is different: from large fragments to small-particle bone debris. A common treatment is to screw a standard-sized implant to the bone fragments; however, current implants are purely passive. Only at intervals do X-ray images show how healing is progressing.
As part of an interdisciplinary team, physicians, engineers and computer scientists are developing an implant that is individually tailored to the patient’s bone. From the moment of surgery, the implant provides information directly in the body about how well or poorly a fracture is healing and can warn the patient in the event of incorrect loading.
If required, the implant itself should actively promote bone healing.
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Härter H Saarland University, project smart implants, Elektronik Praxis 12.07.2022
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