KMC Hospital Launches First 3D Designing and Printing Lab for Healthcare in Mangalore

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KMC Hospital, Dr B R Ambedkar Circle
KMC Hospital, Dr B R Ambedkar Circle

MANGALURU: KMC Hospital’s Center of Excellence for Technology Assisted Reconstructive Surgery has marked a significant milestone in healthcare innovation by inaugurating the first 3D Designing and Printing Lab for Healthcare in coastal Karnataka and northern Kerala. In collaboration with CTARS, this facility is set to transform healthcare practices as it is the first of its kind in the region.

The lab’s essence lies in its ability to visually represent and explain medical conditions to patients in real-time and through physical 3D models to offer better treatment modalities. For instance, instead of relying solely on imaging diagnostics, a tangible 3D figure can be presented to provide immediate and hands-on insight into the nature of a lower jaw tumour. The lab offers advanced medical 3D design and printing services, including pre-surgical planning and education, the creation of patient-specific cutting and drilling guides, and the development of customized implants and implant moulds. These capabilities are poised to enhance precision in surgeries, leading to improved clinical outcomes.

The diverse benefits of utilizing 3D designing and printing in healthcare include personalized pre-surgical planning, customized surgical tools and prosthesis, enhanced patient education, reduced surgical time in operation theatre, shorter hospital stay, and better clinical outcomes. The chief guest, Dr. Anand Venugopal, Chief Operating Officer, Teaching Hospitals -Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), said, “The advent of 3D designing and printing is a game-changer. It shifts the paradigm from merely analyzing images to crafting physical representations of medical conditions. This technology not only enhances patient comprehension but also revolutionizes how we approach diagnosis and treatment planning.”

The diverse benefits of utilizing 3D design and printing in the healthcare include:

  • Personalised pre-surgical planning
  • Customised surgical tools and prosthesis
  • Enhanced patient education
  • Reduced surgical time in operation theatre
  • Shorter hospital stay and better clinical outcome
  • Allows knowledge exchange between different centres

According to recent data, the market of 3D designing and printing technology for healthcare in India is projected to grow around 20.9% until 2030. This growth signifies a shift towards advanced and personalized medical solutions, emphasizing the positive impact of 3D technology on patient care across various medical disciplines.

Saghir Siddiqui, Regional Chief Operating Officer, KMC Hospital, Mangalore, said, “Being a prominent healthcare entity in India, Manipal Hospitals consistently invests in cutting-edge healthcare technology. Given our diverse patient base from coastal Karnataka, northern Kerala, and the Gulf region, our commitment is to provide world-class clinical services. I am delighted to announce the launch of advanced 3D designing and printing equipment for healthcare at our hospital–the first of its kind in this region. This revolutionary technology not only propels us forward but showcases our dedication to delivering the highest standards of care, personalized solutions, and leading-edge medical advancements to our community.

This first 3D Designing and Printing Lab for Healthcare in coastal Karnataka and northern Kerala is set to transform healthcare practices by offering advanced medical 3D design and printing services. The lab’s diverse benefits include personalized pre-surgical planning, customized surgical tools and prosthesis, enhanced patient education, reduced surgical time in operation theatre, shorter hospital stay, and better clinical outcomes. This revolutionary technology not only enhances patient comprehension but also revolutionizes how we approach diagnosis and treatment planning.

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