Zombies and Prosthetic Limbs? The Many Uses of 3D Scanners

Zombies and Prosthetic Limbs? The Many Uses of 3D Scanners
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Ever wonder why the zombies in the film “World War Z” appear so lifelike? It’s not just makeup — some of them were created with the aid of high-tech scanning technology.

The company Artec, based in Luxembourg, develops handheld 3D scanners that have been used for everything from Hollywood special effects to the development of prosthetic limbs.

The technology makes it possible to create a digital model of an object in the real world, which can then be manipulated with computer design software, said Leonid Volkov, chief business development officer at Artec Group. [Gallery: 3D Scans in Hollywood and Hospitals]

If, for instance, a company such as Lucas Films, Disney or Pixar (all Artec customers) is working on new 3D animated movie, and the producers want a glass of water to appear in the animation, “you have just two choices — scan it or draw it from scratch, which is much more expensive and time consuming,” Volkov told Live Science.

The makers of “World War Z” used the scanners to digitize the zombie actors, weapons and baggage items in the plane crash scene. Filmmakers have used Artec’s scanners in movies such as “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Skyfall,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Harry Potter” as well. TV shows such as “The Big Bang Theory” have also used Artec’s devices to make scans of their characters.

The 3D scanners are designed for use on nonmoving subjects, such as inanimate objects or people who are standing still, Volkov said. And practically any scanned object can immediately be 3D printed, he added.

Outside of Hollywood, hospitals have used the scanning devices to create digital models of the body. For example, prosthetics companies can scan the stump of a person’s missing limb and create a custom-made prosthetic that fits perfectly, Volkov said. If the other limb is intact, companies can also scan that limb to create a matching prosthetic limb, he said. German company Otto Bock, one of the world’s largest prosthetics producers, is one of Artec’s clients.

Doctors also employ the scanners in plastic surgery, to scan patients’ faces before they go under the knife. For people with severe burns, doctors can use the scanners to create a custom-made “burn mask,” a plastic mask that protects the burned tissue from touching other surfaces, which can cause infection. Because the scanning process is contactless, it does not harm the injury, Volkov said. Doctors also use the scanners to develop custom orthotics for scoliosis, which is an abnormal curvature of the spine.

The devices work by rapidly flashing light in a pattern of horizontal and vertical lines, and recording how the pattern changes uses two cameras. One camera captures the geometry of the object, and the other captures the texture or color. The scanner then stitches the camera images together by matching the geometries and textures along their edges, producing a 360-degree model.

Artec’s handheld portable 3D scanner costs about $20,000, Volkov said. The company also sells a multiple-scanner system called Shapify, which can create a “3D selfie”of the human body. That device retails for $180,000.

“Parents can scan their children and create figures to sent to Grandpa,” Volkov said.

Brightree Announces Availability of Latest Release

Brightree®, the leading provider of cloud-based clinical, business management and billing software solutions for the post-acute care industry, today announced the immediate availability of its latest release of Brightree HME, serving home medical equipment (HME) providers, orthotics and prosthetics providers as well as home infusion pharmacies. The release includes new capabilities for prior authorization requests (PARs), electronic purchasing, document management and electronic eligibility checking all of which lead to increased revenue, streamlined workflows and reduced costs for providers.
“As many HME providers are looking to diversify their product and payer mixes, they often don’t take into account the unique billing requirements some of the commercial payers have for successful claim submission,” said Dave Cormack, president and CEO of Brightree. “Brightree’s enhancements, including the new PAR workflow, now enable providers to automate these complex manual processes, reducing the risk of human error and ensuring providers can more confidently pursue commercial payer contracts and protect operating margins.”
This latest release of Brightree HME includes the following key enhancements:
New automated and intelligent PARs – Now enables providers to intelligently and automatically generate PARs based on unique payer requirements. The auto-generated PAR initiates workflow processes within Brightree, enabling the order to be filled. In addition, providers are able to easily identify and track expiring PARs, and built-in workflow processes can address these expirations. By automating the PAR process, providers’ workflows are streamlined and reimbursements are protected by ensuring clinical documentation requirements are met prior to distribution of equipment and / or claim submission.
Improved exception management for electronic purchasing – Providers using Brightree electronic purchasing (ePurchasing) now have enhanced visibility and workflows that include acknowledgement of shipments and access to order exception management to view only shipping exceptions, eliminating the need to search extensive transaction lists.
Enhanced visibility to drop shipments in ePurchasing workflow – Brightree ePurchasing now enables providers to search and view status of orders that are drop-shipped direct to patients. This capability helps providers improve patient satisfaction and enables them to bill and get paid faster with delivery tracking. Drop-ship direct-to-patient enables just-in-time delivery so HME providers are not required to buy supplies in bulk, eliminating inventory carrying costs, costly storage space and potential spoilage of supplies.
New audit workflows with Brightree Document Management – New Brightree Document Management capabilities strengthen an HME provider’s ability to protect reimbursements and respond more efficiently to additional documentation requests (ADRs). The new capabilities include an integrated AuditResponse™ Workflow that reduces audit response times by 60-70 percent for Medicare audits, integrated electronic faxing, and EasySort™ Workflow that reduces the effort associated with managing multi-page scanned documents, especially during the patient intake process.
New electronic eligibility checks with Brightree Connect – Brightree Connect, a single platform for patient interaction and revenue management of a provider’s OSA, diabetic and enteral resupply business, now includes an electronic eligibility check to ensure up-to-the-minute patient eligibility prior to contact for resupply. This new capability automatically checks and verifies patient insurance information to help maximize compliance and reduce denials, while giving providers flexibility to enable and disable by payer.
For more information about Brightree’s updates and enhancements, visit http://www.brightree.com.
About Brightree
Brightree is the leading provider of cloud-based software to improve clinical and business performance in the post-acute care industry. The Company serves more than 3,000 organizations in the home medical equipment (HME), home health, hospice, orthotic and prosthetic (O&P), HME pharmacy, home infusion and rehab home care segments. Brightree’s solutions follow the natural workflow of providers to automate and improve how they manage their businesses, serve patients, and protect reimbursements. The company is ranked as one of the top 100 healthcare IT companies in the U.S. on the prestigious Healthcare Informatics 100 (HCI 100) list. For further information, visit http://www.brightree.com or call 1-844-GET-BTRE (438-2783)
Brightree is a registered trademark of Brightree LLC.

Winning the rural health battle

ALLIED health workers are breaking the service deficit in the bush, so says this week’s National Conference for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals.

They may be the forgotten heroes of Australia’s health sector, but an array of allied health providers – including audiologists, chiropractors, and physiotherapists – will share evidence from around Australia about how they are bringing more services to rural and remote communities.

CEO of the conference organiser, Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), Rod Wellington said the conference was unique in Australia because of its focus on allied health in rural settings.

“We will bring together the leading minds in rural allied health research and practice to shine a light on the forgotten part of health care in Australia – the allied health providers who work outside the cities,” he said.

“Without them, many Australians would suffer with worse health outcomes, more hospital admissions and disability – as the presentations at this year’s conference so clearly demonstrate.”

The conference will be hosted at Kingscliff, NSW, and is set to open with a video message from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, followed by an official opening presentation by NSW Labor Senator Deborah O’Neill.

Professions classified under allied health include: audiology, chiropractics, dental and oral health, dietetics and nutrition, diabetes education, exercise physiology, genetic counselling, health promotion, medical radiation science, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathy, paramedic practice, physiotherapy, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, psychology, social work, speech pathology and sonography.

Delegates will hear a range of accounts about how such workers have raised health access for people living in rural and regional areas, such as how a physiotherapist and occupational therapist in a new job-share role reduced re-admissions of patients at a Toowoomba, Queensland, hospital.

A vision screening program for students in rural Victoria will also be represented, which found 30 per cent of Year One had common eye conditions such as amblyopia (‘lazy eye’) and refractive errors that impair reading and learning.

Remote Kangaroo Island now has a reliable flow of foot care, thanks to the introduction of a system of brokering the service of podiatrists from other sites in the region with spare capacity.

Other presenters will share models that break the service deficit, such as the dental Sun Smiles program which now has 1000 children enrolled across rural Victoria and NSW. Research shows more than 80pc of enrolled children missed out on preventive dental care prior to the Sun Smiles project.

11th National Conference for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals, September 17-20, Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, NSW.

The story Winning the rural health battle first appeared on Farm Online.

Local company makes prosthetics for animals

DENVER — Dolphin Tale 2 is a new sequel for the whole family that opens Sept. 12.

The film is bringing back the original cast including Winter, the dolphin who was able to swim again thanks to a prosthetic tail.

There’s a local company that’s doing the same thing; gving animals a second chance at life.

Orthopets is a company in Denver that designs and implements non-invasive health care solutions, like prosthetics and orthotics that can drastically improve an animals life.

Here to tell us more about is President and Owner Martin Kaufmann.

AAHomecare Calls on CMS to Withdraw Flawed Proposed Rule

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On September 2, 2014, the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the proposed rule CMS-1614-P, “Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics.