Within the first couple hours of your visit, the design and fabrication of your prosthetic socket begins. Through the use of state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design (CAD) equipment, a 3-dimensional image representing the exact shape of your limb is acquired, stored and used to create a diagnostic prosthetic socket customized for you.*
This initial diagnostic (or temporary) socket is used during a series of fitting and alignment procedures, allowing us to obtain the most optimum fit between you and your new prosthesis. Once this is achieved, you and your family are encouraged to walk with this newly fitted temporary prosthesis the remainder of that day and evening, and return the following day with your feedback.
* In some instances where CAD cannot be utilized, a more traditional method of acquiring limb shape is used.
CAD Technology AdvantageAt Fourroux Prosthetics, we us state-of-the-art computer aided design (CAD) and technology when creating an amputees prosthesis. It enables us to go beyond the traditional approach of prosthetic care, the role of providing just a prosthetic device. We are now able to provide unmatched quality service, resulting in world class care.
This advanced approach to prosthetic design allows us to create an superior fitting devices in a fraction of the time it would take using conventional prosthetic design methods. Computer aided prosthesis design all but eliminates the inconsistencies typically associated with the use of plaster, enabling us to provide the highest quality prosthetic devices in the least amount of time.
A laser scanning camera system is used to acquire a 3 dimensional shape of our patients’ limb, which is then stored on a computer. A laser light, similar to ones used in reading bar codes at a store, is emitted from a handheld box. This light scans over the entire limb and captures an exact digital image replicating the shape and size of our patients’ limb.
Once the scan has been completed, the digital file is directly sent to our fabrication department. Using computer aided manufacturing, our prosthetic technicians begin creating a temporary (or diagnostic) socket for an amputees initial test fitting.
Laser Scanning Benefits
- Speed – the scanning process only takes approximately 45 seconds, allowing our practitioners to spend the valuable time learning more about our patients, their families, their lifestyle & their goals.
- Accuracy – the exact size and shape of a patient is acquired digitally
- Consistency – each and every individual scan is identical in shape and is less dependent on the technique or skill level of the practitioner
- Clean – no plaster or bandage is used during the laser scanning process
Clinical Test Socket Evaluation Begins
Approximately 45 minutes to 1½ hours from the end of the scan, our patient will be fitted with their initial diagnostic socket. This temporary test fitting is designed for the Fourroux Prosthetics practitioner to capture valuable feedback from our patient on the initial fit of the prosthesis. This feedback is essential in obtaining the optimum fit required for our patient to be able to reach the goals set for a functional & quality lifestyle.
Using computer aided design and manufacturing allows our practitioners the time to spend with our patients, answering questions, educating, and developing a patient plan for our their limb, lifestyle & their rehabilitation.