The Apollo Hospitals Group and Anatomiz3D Medtech entered into a collaboration for design and printing of implants. They will establish Hospital 3D-printing labs in India for 3D printed implants that would enable doctors to visualise and print implants for complicated cases.
The first of these would be launched at Apollo Health City, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “Personalisation of healthcare is the new mantra and advances in genomics and precision medicine are driving personalised prevention and treatment. From specialised medicines for targeted therapies to customised implants and prosthetics, 3D-printing technology is transforming the medical environment providing a fast, accurate and economical solution to take medical care to the next level! As healthcare evolves, 3D-printing will play an important part of this future transformation.”
The hospital 3D-printing labs will provide anatomical models that are life-size replicas of a patient’s anatomy, accurately reconstructed from their CT/MRI scans into 3D models, which can be created into multiple materials, colours, opacities and hardness to provide advanced 3D visualisation for pre-surgical planning and patient communication; implants and moulds that are custom-designed to match the defect region in a patient, ensuring the ideal aesthetic and functional fit.
The 3D printed in biocompatible material; and, surgical guides and tools that fit on a predetermined area of a patient’s bone and guide a surgical saw or drill in a pre-planned direction, ensuring a precise surgical outcome.
Sangita Reddy, joint managing director, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “3D-printing is today used in a wide range of healthcare settings and is helping to save and improve lives in ways never imagined until now. 3D-printing has many applications in healthcare and the in-house 3D-printing labs at the hospitals will enable better patient care and treatment planning.”
“Advances in 3D printing technology today produces customised, lighter, stronger, safer and higher performing products with reduced lead times and lower costs. In areas such as spinal surgery, customised 3D-printing will add value to personalised medicine, enhancing pre-operative planning, leading to shorter operation times and helping to reduce risk for the patient. 3D-printing will also help improve the skills of the new generation of surgeons with a better
understanding of the disease involved,” she added.
Firoza Kothari, co-founder and CTO Anatomiz3D said, “Over the years, we have had the opportunity to work with multiple clinicians associated with Apollo Hospitals, and it is a moment of pleasure and pride for us to bring this technology to them directly in their facility, to use in their practice as well as explore in research and development. Together, Apollo Hospitals and Anatomiz3D, aim to make customised medical devices easily accessible to patients, for an
enhanced quality of life.”
Anatomiz3D uses technology that has been proven in over 1,000 cases. A multi-disciplinary team consisting of biomedical engineers, mechanical engineers, 3D Designers will work with Apollo Hospitals’ medical and surgical team in the hospital 3D-printing labs.