A high-tech step forward for prosthetics
3-D printing, MRI images may give amputees more comfortable prostheses
The science of prosthetic legs is so advanced, they’re now worn by athletes who perform well enough for the Olympics. But day in and day out, walking, running, and sitting, they can be brutally uncomfortable. Building each individual prosthetic remains an art, with amputees dependent on the craftsmanship and guesswork of individual designers, said David Moinina Sengeh, a PhD student at MIT. Sengeh is working to create a systematic process that produces comfortable, custom-fit prosthetics every time.