Massachusetts-based medical gadget company ConforMIS is using a combination of CT imaging, modeling software and 3D printing know-how to create custom-made knee implants tailored specifically toward individual patients.
ConforMIS' approach to this futuristic medical venture is in keeping with those of other companies involved in creating 3D-printed medical implants. The process begins by taking a CT scan of the patient's hip, knee and ankle, with special software being used to transform the scan into an accurate 3D model of the patient's problematic knee. This model is then used to create customized implants and instruments partially put together by 3D printers.
The resulting implants will be designed to mimic the curves and contours of the patient's original knee, making it easy for them to adapt to the new implant.