Medical specialists from DHA’s (Dubai Health Authority) Innovation Centre have partnered with Sinterex. Sinterex is a 3D printing healthcare professional firm. The partnership seeks to bring additive manufacturing to the point-of-care at DHA for infirmaries. This includes Dubai, Latifa, Rashid, and Hatta Hospital.
The recently opened AM Lab is situated at the Innovation Centre of DHA. It offers medical experts at DHA with patient-particular anatomical prints. This enables them to carry out comprehensive pre-operative examinations to enhance patient communication.
The workflow begins with patient data acquisition. Normally from an MRI or CT scan. The patient information is then brought into therapeutic picture segmentation software. This enables the doctor to separate the particular anatomical area of interest. The digital model is after that turned into a 3D printable record. The file is made by use of the state-of-the-art 3D printing machines in the laboratory.
The initiative is in line with the vision of DHA of including the newest medical technology in the health industry. This is with the main aim of bettering patient care. Also, technology assists to enhance efficiencies and lessen costs. This is according to the CEO of Medical Support Services and Chair of Medical Innovation Council at DHA, Dr. Farida Al Khaja.
Furthermore, Dr. Al Khaja stated that this ambition specifically will assist DHA medical experts to obtain higher surgical success. This is especially for difficult situations.
She also said that the laboratory is a vital milestone in the execution of the 3D Printing Strategy of DHA. This concentrates on stationing the newest technologies to enhance patient outcomes. It is also to back the healthcare ecosystem to Dubai to shine in tough medical operations.
Sinterex has stationed its biomedical technicians to run the 3D laboratory. Through having the biomedical engineers on location and working side-by-side with medical professionals, a lift in cooperation and communication lessens the period taken to create the ultimate 3D print. This was revealed by the Managing Director.
Mai Al Dossari, Director of DHA’s Health Innovation Centre, stated, “This is the first major project in the Innovation Centre since its inauguration. The 3D Lab has been involved in supporting DHA’s surgeons in successfully planning and achieving complex surgeries.
The cardiology team at Rashid Hospital used 3D models to pre-operatively plan and test the fitting of transaortic valve implants. The maxillofacial team have produced models of patients’ jaws and skulls and took these into surgeries for visual reference and intra-operative monitoring.”
“At Hatta Hospital, the orthopaedics department has been printing knees and shoulders to support planning for reconstruction surgeries.”