From evolution of Dubai as a medical tourism hub to the successful use of technology for contactless consultations, medtech has been one of the best outcomes of Emirati enthusiasm for tech. Although virtual hospitals and a data have been driving the resistance against the pandemic, innovation in healthtech continued with robotic surgeries and life changing synthetic corneas making headlines in the region.
After swift adoption of digital solutions, the Emirates is moving forward with initiatives like the development of world’s first AI university and smart hospitals to promote local tech talent. In line with a fast paced move towards the future, researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi have developed a system to create 3D models of tumours, which can transform cancer treatment.
The low-cost models created from filter papers provide an accurate depiction of tumours, which can help study the effects of medication against the ailment. Precision deployed in creating these replicas opens doors for drug-makers to explore aspects of a tumour’s structure which were absent from tests so far.
It can also help medical practitioners decide the right concentration of drugs for patients, leading to an approach that’ll be a game changer for personalised treatment. The solution can later be deployed for observing pathways of cancer cells.
The current 2D description obtained from scans for drug tests do not adequately break down complex human organs, as required for insight to design effective medication. On the other hand, existing 3D modelling for tumours takes a lot of time and can also drive up costs, which makes the paper-based process a viable option.
Hospitals in the Emirates have so far displayed success in medical research and tech-powered treatment by implanting tiny pacemakers and brain stimulators to help people move on with everyday life. In addition to more complex procedures, 4D bioprinting has also been used to create artificial skin to accelerate healing for burn victims.