CHANDIGARH: Patient-specific bone and jaw implants can now be designed and built within the country, inside IARM (innovative additive research and manufacturing) laboratory inaugurated at Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO).
The laboratory even has the patient-specific implant-testing facility. CSIO has made country’s first indigenous patient-specific hip-joint socket implant for the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Patients received three maxillofacial (face and jaw) implants at the PGI in 2016 and another two in 2017.
CSIO’s senior scientist Vijay Kumar Meena said: “We design our implants for single patient only. ‘One patient, one implant’ is our philosophy. These implants help treat bone cancer, bone fungal infection, and severe trauma.”
The scientists are happy to have achieved the skill of designing, building, and testing human implants at a single, unique place.
Meena said: “We are developing spine implant next. Once it comes through testing and clinical trials, we can tie up with companies for mass production.”
Implant scientists also into surgical models, surgical tools, custom-made prosthetics, tissues engineering, and organ printing etc.
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