man met with a vehicular accident and fractured his hip. The
reduction of this fracture was difficult because it was located
on the posterior side and also one of the smallest fractured
piece had been grossly dislocated, thus hampering the normal
process. Though a 3 D CT
scan showed a small piece but it could not delineate its origin.
model of the same enabled the doctors to locate the origin
of the piece and a few pre-operative trials were done on the
model to arrive at its proper orientation thus reducing the
surgery time and possibly avoiding further surgeries as well.
In recent years, Rapid
Prototyping has gained extensive acceptance in industry owing
to a large number of its applications and benefits. Apart
from providing the necessary edge in the field of industrial
engineering, another aspect of Rapid Prototyping is its contribution
to the field of medicine. Medical researchers and RP scientists
working together have successfully produced artificial bones,
sockets, brain implants, and even artificial ears. With high
laser based scanners, limbs can now be digitized in seconds,
converted into a solid model in minutes and fabricated in
a few hours.
Patient being scanned
image on screen or print
Medical Modeling Service
is now being provided in India by a Mumbai based company,
service enables a 2 D image data from CT/MRI machines to be
converted into a 3-dimensional model. The accuracy of these
models is approximately within 0.5 mm and they can also be
determined as an extension of the "3 D imaging"
concept to "3 D printing". The models provide a
near-to-real picture of the trauma and thus serve as an excellent
tool for visualization, communications, surgery rehearsals
and design to custom implants in critical and very complex
cases. These include incidents of Dislocations, Deformities,
Fractures, Tumours etc., in the areas of Orthopaedic, Neuro,
Plastic, Cosmetic, & Oncology including Paediatrics. The
surgeons can now formulate their procedures well in advance
and also perform dummy operations on these models thereby
reducing the number of trials in complicated cases and minimizing
chances of surgical errors. Based on the first model, Protosys
can also provide about 10 to 50 replicas of the traumatic
cases that the surgeon can use later to present/teach various
surgical procedures at the institutions or special workshops.
By bringing the medical modeling service to India, Protosys
has provided an additional tool for advanced
surgical needs to the progressive Indian surgeons.
Now, in highly
complicated cases of Dislocations,
Deformities, Fractures, Tumours etc., in the areas of Orthopaedic,
Neuro, Plastic, Cosmetic & Oncology including Paediatrics,
Surgeons can easily and even Pre-operatively
||Visualise / Communicate
||Plan / Rehearse the
||Reduce Surgery time
||Design Custom Implants.