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New technology uses laser modeling from CT scans to repair bones

     A new technology that combines artificial bone material with a three-dimensional laser modeling technique soon may be used by surgeons to reconstruct bones as fine as those found in human faces, thanks to engineers at the University of Texas.

     Dr. Joel W. Barlow and his graduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering were recently granted a U.S. Patent for their new calcium phosphate materials and processes that permit the formation of custom-shaped bone implants. Their process uses a CT scan of healthy symmetrical bones, inverts it and creates a new model for the damaged bone.

     BioMedical Enterprises of San Antonio has licensed the technology from The University and intends to begin human trials within 18 months.