Center Heads Prosthetic Development for Service Members

The Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) at Fort Detrick, Md. continues to march at the forefront of prosthetic advancements for wounded warriors.

The center aims to unite a broad spectrum of researchers at universities, hospitals and small businesses to promote these next-generation, cutting-edge prosthetic technologies, according to the American Forces Press Service.

Recently, TATRC served as administrator in a project that resulted in the development of the X2, a revised version of Otto Bock HealthCare’s C-leg. This device, which employs a microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee, currently is being tested by transfemoral amputees at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Military Advanced Training Center.

Other TATRC programs include one to build a robotic ankle, aimed at providing more flexibility on different terrains, and two others tasked with developing a more breathable interface. The center’s overall efforts are geared toward creating advanced, comfortable and ultimately intuitive prosthetic devices for its patients.

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