Healthcare is an essential part of the country’s development. Keeping this in mind, the Dubai Health Authority has taken a great initiative in the area of healthcare. They recently launched 3D labs for printing. This 3D printing allows medical professionals to perceive anatomical view of the patient and work on every minute detail concerning the patients. The initiative has the target to seek out the communication of patient at DHA’s hospital including other big names like Rashid, Latifa Dubai, and Hatta hospital
This project was combined efforts of experts along with Dubai based healthcare specialist firm named Sinterex. That will process as follows that the Innovation Centre will collect information using CT or MRI scan, and then this data is conduct under medical image segmentation software. It permits the physician to isolate a specific anatomical region of interest, and later it will be changed to a 3D printable file.
It will be one of the essential steps in the healthcare industry commented by Dr. Farida Al Khaja, CEO of Medical Support Services and Chair of Medical Innovation Council at DHA. This initiative is in line with the rising demand for better healthcare. She further added that this initiative blend with technology would result in enhanced healthcare at a low cost. This project is reaching its highest height because every medical professional at DHA took it as their prime priority. It will play a significant role in complex surgeries and cases.
It is the first major project at the Innovation Centre, and for this, along with all medical professionals, biomedical engineers are also at work. Due to them, the work of communication and cooperation is more comfortable and hence takes lesser time to develop a 3D model. All the hospitals under this project are working at their level. E.g., At Hatta hospital, the initiative started in the orthopedics department by printing shoulders and knees for reconstruction surgeries. The Rashid hospital cardiology team uses the 3D model for the pre-operatively plan. The Maxillofacial team has created models of jaw and skulls for visual reference and intra-operative observation.
Academic Radiology recently published in September that anatomical models is very economical. The use of anatomical models will save time as well as money. It will abridge surgery time around 62 minutes, and hence it will save more than $3,700 by reducing time at Operative Theatre. The data based on 30 studies of 3D models used in surgery.
Dr. Mohammad Al Redha finally said in a statement that it is going to the essential step in the healthcare industry as 3D printing is specific for patients and works at all levels of healthcare. Redha is the director of the project management office and Informatics and smart health at DHA. The vision of this project is to make Dubai’s 3D printing strategy as the global technology hub in 2030.