Sounds great, I'd be happy to help make those connections when the time comes. Have you looked into 3D printing implants for other orthopaedic procedures such as knee or hip replacements? Also, if the cost really is much lower with additive manufacturing that would be huge. One of the biggest issues in developing countries is the lack of access to implants. Not only are patients not treated, but there are also far fewer experienced surgeons, because the volume of procedures done is much lower.
Let me know how I can help going forward and feel free to reach out if you have any questions as you move forward. Best of luck!
First off, awesome idea. I know quite a few orthopaedic surgeons who now use 3D printed materials as part of implants. Have you spoken to any physicians about your idea? Let me know if you would like to connect you to any orthopaedic surgeons, PM&R physicians, or physical therapists. I'm also currently a medical student myself and would be happy to help however I can. Best of luck!
Hi Chandler, thanks for the comment and interest! I haven't spoken to any chiropractors, because this is meant to be employed more in the emergency setting in the hospital. However, I'd be happy to if you feel that this may be applicable to them as well. The algorithm we are using was developed by a joint effort between 25 leading physicians across the country specialized in a variety of pediatric fields, including emergency medicine, orthopaedic surgery, trauma surgery, neurosurgery, and radiology.