More Than Skin Deep

While at MetLife Stadium last weekend, we ran into Jeff Scharr from Planmed, a company that makes Cone BeamComputed Tomography scanners. Thanks to a prior friendship with one of JGR's truck drivers, John Shelburne, he connected with Weston Peick, who'd suffered devastating injuries at last year's Paris Supercross. After doing a scan of Weston's skull, they then made a full-sized 3D print of it. It sounds like Weston still has at least one surgery ahead, and Jeff is hopeful that this will help with pre-surgery planning, and an optimal outcome for Weston.

A couple of the things that we learned from talking with Jeff was that this technology is particularly good for bone, as well as extremities. He also said that this offers a lower dose of radiation than full CT scans, and that unlike regular CT scans, these can be done in full weight-bearing positions. You can listen to our full conversation with him by hitting the play button below. Yeah, it's a bit technical (and we're not), but it's still interesting stuff.

The blue sections on the 3D printed skull above are plates...except for on his teeth, which were braces. It's pretty easy to see that the French docs had a lot of work to do.

Lots of folks stopped by to check it out, including JGR Team Manager, Jeremy Albrecht.


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