How 3d printing is changing india's healthcare


The doctors were in a dilemma. A six-month-old had a hole in the heart, but doctors were unsure about the feasbility of the operation and his survival. The doctors then took to 3D printing, using a detailed 3D model from a CT scan to prepare in advance for the surgery.

Anatomiz3D LLP, which provides technological solutions to the healthcare industry, were the ones behind the 3D model. Co-founder and CTO Firoza Kothari says, "The model assured the team that the patient can be operated upon. So, a patient who was first rejected for surgery was operated on with the best surgical method thanks to the information provided by the scan."

Even though 3D printing is providing much-needed help to the medical field in India, it hasn't been used to its full potential. Kothari says, "The technology has been there for 30 years, but only a few have been utilising this in India."

Dr Mona Bhatia, additional director and head of Radiology at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in Delhi, agrees, "The coming years will see it dominating the healthcare sector and becoming a part of architecture, engineering and consumer goods due to its high capability in design creativity and technology."