The Whiston Hospital, part of the Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and home to the Mersey Regional Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Centre, is using 3D scanning technology from Artec 3D, to improve the experience of patients undergoing burns rehabilitation.

The cutting-edge technology is replacing the traditional impression methods that the hospital was using, which is enabling clinicians to capture precise digital models of patients’ burns. As a result of the introduction of the technology patients are enjoying a more positive experience, with less pain and discomfort and more accurate treatment when being fitted for personalised splits and pressure therapy devices.

The contact-less technology supports personalised treatment by making it easy to get an accurate digital representation of a patient’s burns. Clinicians at The Whiston Hospital use the Artec Leo tetherless flagship scanner to scan patients. The scan data is then processed into a uniquely precise model. This is used to create prosthetic devices that closely match patients’ anatomy, improving both function and aesthetics.

Anthony Simpson, prosthetics and laser service lead, said: “Prior to incorporating the Artec Leo in to our department, we used conventional techniques, utilising impression materials to take an impression of a patient’s face or neck. This can be uncomfortable for the patient, take time, and potentially be inaccurate.

“Currently, we use the scanner for up to 95% of patients, and this is proving to be lot more accurate than conventional techniques.’’

The wireless Leo device is AI-driven and is helping the team at The Whiston Hospital to speed up their workflow, as well as reduce potentially invasive and traumatic experiences for patients.

Nina Sykes, prosthetics and laser deputy service lead, said: “It’s so much easier than taking an impression of a patient at a patient’s bedside or going on to different wards. You can just pick it up and take it, whereas before we had to take a trolley full of impression materials which can be intrusive, messy and distressing.”