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Magnetic retention of facial prostheses to body piercings

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Design Award

  • Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention

Project Overview

The Medical Art Prosthetics Clinic creates amazing facial prostheses that enhance the lives of people affected by accidents, birth defects, or other health complications. Current application methods for attaching prostheses to the face include surgical placement of bone-anchored magnetic implants or use of an adhesive. Surgical placement of implants can be very costly, results in further sacrifice of healthy tissue, and also puts patients at a higher risk for infection. Adhesive often irritates the skin and makes the prostheses difficult for the patient to retain and correctly position. The development of a simple piercing may bridge the gap between implant surgery and adhesive retained prostheses.

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Team members from left to right: Lindy Couwenhoven, Megan Courtney, Alex Schmidt, Amy Martin
Team members from left to right: Lindy Couwenhoven, Megan Courtney, Alex Schmidt, Amy Martin

Contact Information

Team Members

  • Alexandra Schmidt, BME 402 - Team Leader
  • Lindy Couwenhoven, BME 402 - Communicator
  • Amy Martin, BME 402 - BSAC & BPAG
  • Megan Courtney, BME 402 - BWIG

Advisor and Client

  • Dr. Kris Saha - Advisor
  • Mr. Greg Gion - Client

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