Nagpur: Since there is absolutely no sufficient number of dead bodies available for dissection in medical colleges, For this reason, the concept of 3D artificial bones has recently been introduced. A start-up in Nagpur district has successfully made an artificial temporal bone for performing amputation exercises.
NU OSSA Mediquip Pvt Ltd has received a grant of about Rs 50 lakh from BIRAC and professional mentorship from Atal Innovation Mission. The next goal is to develop a complete skull with all these bones and soft tissues to greatly benefit ENT, neuro, and facial surgeons.
Dr. Prashant Naik, a Veteran ENT surgeon, has developed this concept. For the last 6 years, he is working on it with Piyush Ukey.
Dr. Prashant has said that the temporal bone is one of the complex parts of the body. In addition, there is a great need for highly skilled otolaryngologists to perform ear surgery. Surgery skills can be developed best by doing mock surgery on temporal bone as well. Presently mock surgery of temporal bone is performed only on cadaver temporal bones.
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The availability of carcass temporal bones is very limited and the cost of autopsies also varies, Dr. Naik thought of making an artificial bone in 2015. Dr. Naik has said that being a Nagpurian, he went to VNIT for the final solution. Here, Dr. Rashmi Uddanwadikar of the Department of Mechanical Engineering gave him a reference to Piyush, who was working on a similar subject. And under his guidance, he started developing this concept.
While Dr. Rashmi remained the founding advisor of the company, Dr. Subhash Lule, Dr. Naik, and surgeons Dr. Shashank Lule became directors along with Piyush and also established NU OSSA Mediquip Pvt Ltd.
According to Dr. Naik, the top 50 ENT surgeons in India and abroad, including Padma Shri Dr. Milind Kirtane, have used this bone and found it to be correct.
Piyush has said that they will very soon receive professional advice and support from the Atal Innovation Mission. They also hope that the very mass production of temporal bone will start. But the bigger objective is to make a complete skull with all the soft tissues and they will come with that as well.