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.