October 5, 2016
Our new state-of-the-art CAD/CAM scanner allows for better design and accuracy when we create custom orthotics and prosthetics.
Our Little Rock office has installed a brand new Vorum CAD/CAM scanner and high-speed carver that will completely change how we create orthotics and prosthetics. Using computer-aided design software, we can now scan our patients and build a model for a new orthotic or prosthetic device.
Precision Prosthetic and Orthotic Scanner
The first advantage of our CAD/CAM system will be immediately obvious to patients who have previously experienced getting measured for orthotic or prosthetic devices through the plaster-cast process.
Our new prosthetic and orthotic scanner is a non-contact device that scans and feeds information into our design software so we know what kind of orthosis or prosthesis to build. Because of its pinpoint technology, the scanner is able to create a design that is more precisely calibrated to an amputee or injured patient’s limb shape. Instead of putting our patients through a two hour process, the initial scanning will take only a few minutes.
The software instructs the technician using it on where to hold the non-contact scanner, as well as which areas may need additional scanning. The scanner can even scan through metal, making it possible to be used for bedridden or wheelchair-bound patients. The 0.1 mm resolution takes in every contour of the scanned limb, without adding time or discomfort to the patient’s experience.
With CAD technology, we can create most orthotic and prosthetic molds within minutes, as opposed to the hours needed to create molds using traditional methods. In turn, our patients will be able to receive their customized devices with a much shorter turnaround time. With other Vorum CAD/CAM clients reporting a 600% increase in efficiency at their clinics, it’s clear that Horton’s Orthotics and Prosthetics will be able to serve more patients with high-quality service and custom-built orthotic and prosthetic devices that exceed expectations.
The traditional method of mold-making for custom orthotics and prosthetics often calls for plaster casting, which not only takes longer, but requires loud machinery to saw off the material once it hardens. This procedure can be both time-consuming and anxiety-provoking – especially for children. With our new high-speed carver, the mold fabrication process is done within a self-contained machine, using the software specifications from the CAD/CAM scanning session.
CAD CAM Prosthetics
There is a wide variety of molds that our CAD/CAM scanner and high-speed carver can fabricate for customized orthotics and prosthetics:
- Neck braces
- Trans-femoral prosthetics
- Trans-tibial prosthetics
- Thoracolumbosacral orthoses
- Ankle-foot orthoses
- Knee orthoses
- Knee-ankle-foot orthoses
While the technology used in orthotics and prosthetics continues to improve, our standards have remained the same since we opened for business in Arkansas in 1981. We are committed to improving the lives of our patients with the most individualized care available.
If you are interested in custom CAD CAM prosthetics and orthotics, contact Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics today at 501-683-8889 to set up an appointment with one of our certified clinicians.
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