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Title: Patient-specific prosthetic fingers by remote collaboration-A case study
Authors: Cabibihan, J.-J. 
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Cabibihan, J.-J. (2011). Patient-specific prosthetic fingers by remote collaboration-A case study. PLoS ONE 6 (5) : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The concealment of amputation through prosthesis usage can shield an amputee from social stigma and help improve the emotional healing process especially at the early stages of hand or finger loss. However, the traditional techniques in prosthesis fabrication defy this as the patients need numerous visits to the clinics for measurements, fitting and follow-ups. This paper presents a method for constructing a prosthetic finger through online collaboration with the designer. The main input from the amputee comes from the Computer Tomography (CT) data in the region of the affected and the non-affected fingers. These data are sent over the internet and the prosthesis is constructed using visualization, computer-aided design and manufacturing tools. The finished product is then shipped to the patient. A case study with a single patient having an amputated ring finger at the proximal interphalangeal joint shows that the proposed method has a potential to address the patient's psychosocial concerns and minimize the exposure of the finger loss to the public. © 2011 John-John Cabibihan.
Source Title: PLoS ONE
ISSN: 19326203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0019508
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