NHSL opens first-ever 3D print studio for better artificial limbs | Daily News

NHSL opens first-ever 3D print studio for better artificial limbs

Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne opened the first-ever 3D printing studio at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) yesterday.

The studio which is attached to the Accident and Orthopedic Unit of the NHSL will design and produce artificial limbs. Only the scanner of the studio is imported, while all the other parts, particularly the software, have been created locally. The machine can design certain other medical devices in addition to artificial limbs.

Since 1950, the NHSL used Plaster of Paris to design artificial limbs, but they did not identically match the actual limbs. This new technology will assist the production of artificial limbs that identically match the original. Patients will receive a more efficient service with the launch of the new technology.

In the past, the process of producing artificial limbs using a mould and Plaster of Paris took over three weeks, but the new technology only takes three hours to do the same with accuracy. The technology was introduced with the WHO’s concept of ‘backing and support technology’ for member countries.

Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe, NHSL Deputy Director General Dr. Kumara Wickramasinghe, NHSL Deputy Director Dr. Lionel Muhandiram, Deputy Director of the Accident Service Dr. Samindi Samarakoon and officials were present on the occasion.


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