Hannover Messe: Micro-massaging – ‚Artificial muscles‘ help fractured leg bones heal better

Orthopaedic implants are used to fixate the bone fragments of fractures. Novel smart implants are now being developed that can continuously monitor and actively promote bone healing – by, for example, micro-massaging the fracture site. This innovative medical technology is currently under development at Saarland University by an interdisciplinary team of medical specialists, engineers and computer scientists. The team of engineers led by Professors Stefan Seelecke and Paul Motzki have equipped the implant with smart ‚artificial muscles‘. Fabricated from shape memory wires, these ‚muscles‘ provide a way to control the fracture repair process via smartphone. (Hannover Messe, Hall 2 Stand B10).

Quelle: IDW Informationsdienst Wissenschaft