The North Eastern Council (NEC) has come forward to assist the Divyangjans in the North Eastern region with the help of digital designing and 3D printing technology for customized prosthesis and orthosis.
NEC Secretariat, Shillong, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region stated on Tuesday that NEC along with the Composite Regional Centre (CRC), Shillong selected two Divyangjan beneficiaries from Meghalaya to provide them with custom 3D scanner printed prosthetics.
The beneficiaries living with leg amputation were sent to the National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), Chennai under the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry for the process of fitting the customized 3D scanner printing prosthetics, it added.
It stated that based on the digital scanning carried out by the Assam Electronic Development Corporation Limited (AMTRON), the data was provided to NIEPMD, Chennai for detailed designing of the sockets (which include expert involvement for pressure point markings, weight discharge etc) for final approved digital design. Thereafter, the sockets for the patients were printed using 3D scanner printing technology, it continued. 3D scanner printed prosthetics generally involve 3D printing of the prosthetic socket and rest of the prosthetic parts like pylon and feet are manufactured traditionally, and only the 3D printed socket is fitted into the Pylon as per the image below, it mentioned.
“On September 5, both the Amputees were fitted with the customized 3D printed socket prosthesis and the beneficiaries were amazed to see that the device fitted excellently besides the highly enhanced comfort and much better walk,” it read.
The release stated that NEC secretary K Moses Chalai opined that this initiative has opened a whole new world for the ones suffering from temporary disability and trauma cases. The solution demonstrated enables capturing and generating accurate digital data regarding the geometry or shape of patients' stumps without the need for them to undertake repeated visits to assessment centres, it added.
“K Moses Chalai said that this shall not only reduce Out of Pocket Expenses for Divyangjans but the digital repository so created can be used for both trend analysis as well as improving the quality of Continuous Medical Education for Prosthetist or Orthotist as well as other stakeholders. The prosthesis devices can be provided having custom fit within much shorter time,” it read.
It stated that the use of 3D scanner printing and other related technologies in the region would help in meeting the challenges of healthcare needs with speed, precision and remarkable enhanced solutions not witnessed so far.
"NEC intends to engage with the concerned Ministry, North Eastern States and suitable Institutions like AMTRON to use the technology for covering persons with disabilities (Divyangjan) beneficiaries all across the North East Region,” it added.