Anotomiz3D, an ISO certified company using 3D printing technology provides custom-based implants, prosthetics, and orthotics for patients. From hearts to tongues and bones, this Mumbai based company uses MRI scans for building affordable 3D anatomy models to bring down the risk and save lives.
One of the founders, Firoza Kothari, a Biotech engineer years back scripted history in 3D printing when she helped a life of 9-month old using abnormal hole in the heart. She created a replica of the infant heart, and was considered as the Cardiac 3D printing in India. Firoza, after doing an in-depth research came up with 3D replica of the heart from the baby’s MRI scan within 48 hours.
“In the absence of the heart model, it would have been difficult to confidently opt for a complete repair of the heart using an intra-cardiac tunnel or baffle,” Dr Vijay Agarwal, the lead surgeon on the operation told 3Dprint. The artery was successfully shifted from the right ventricle to the left through the heart’s hole.
The launch of Anotomiz3D:
Four years post surgery, Firoza, along with her brother Sohrab Kothari and his friend Sagar Shah established Anotomiz3D that will exclusively cater the healthcare industry.
“We use CT/MRI images as inputs to make the 3D models that can help eliminate risks with mock-surgeries or pre-planned procedures. The doctors can make precise cuts and drills and understand the thickness, angle and location of the organs. Additionally, it helps in bridging the demand and supply gap of organ or tissue availability. Overall speaking, It reduces the complications and surgical time,” Firoza tells.
Post establishment, the company worked with more than 200 hospitals across India including Apollo Hospital, AIIMS Kochi, AIIMS Delhi, Lilavati Hospital, and Max Hospital and so on. “We have made 3D models for nearly 1200 surgeries,” the 28-year-old adds.
How does 3D printing works in Medicine?
3D printing has been already established in medicine area and has been helping various areas. The 3D service provided by Firoza’s company is divided into three different categories- anatomical models for pre-surgical planning and education, implants and providing cutting and drilling guides for doctors.
When it comes to the process, patient’s CT or MRI scans are required for the radiological data. Based on this data, the company identifies patient’s anatomy that helps in using different techniques like- Stereolithography, Selective Laser Sintering, Fused Deposition Modelling, Digital Light Process, Multi Jet Fusion and PolyJet to print.
By explaining the complete process, Firoza says, ““The image of a particular organ can be saved as a file on the desktop which is then deposited into the 3D printer. The result comes out as a physical model.”
Frioza, also recently ventured into new arena with introduction of 3D-printing labs in two different hospitals Apollo in Hyderabad, and Maxwell in Delhi. This lab will allow doctors to build anatomical models and customised implants.
“With the hospital 3D-printing labs, the future of healthcare is here. 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,” says Apollo Hospitals chairman Dr Reddy
According to the founders of Antomiz3D, there is a huge potential for 3D in medical sector. According to the recent report by Guardian, the 3D printing industry is expected to be over $1.3 billion in 2021.