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Published on Mar 4, 2014
A type of scanning technology initially used in video games now has additional purpose in medicine.As News 13's Jay Siltzer explains, the Spectra Scanner stands to help one local father walk again.A patient's partial left leg gets photographed from every angle with the new scanner. Wilder Lafond, CPO, CarePartners Prosthetist, this one uses just a white light that's used in an average camera so it's very safe.The new computer technology at CarePartners in Asheville captures every detail of Ben Hall's leg, part of which was amputated in November as a result of complications from diabetes.All the measurements are done without making a traditional plaster mold.Ben Hall, amputee, that's what I had assumed we were going to have to do with this, this is much quicker.Wilder Lafond, this will be crucial in making the liners and the custom portion of the prosthesis.The information, unlike a plaster cast, can be stored indefinitely for prosthetic comparison, repair or replacement, whatever the case, Ben is just ready for his artificial leg.Ben, I'm ready to go fly fishing again and run the sidelines with my youth-league football team run around the yard with my dogs and my kids.That will happen sooner than he ever imagined, in part, because of the Speactra White Light Scanner.