Rodin4D, a partner of the Foundation for its 3D program, has agreed to provide a free 3D scanner, the M4D Scan, and a state-of-the-art computer to intervene with patients as soon as possible.
Faced with a shortage of specialized medical personnel in the field, this equipment allows our teams to scan the patients' faces, send the scans to experts who can process the images received, share their expertise and shape compression masks remotely so that the teams on site only have to print them using 3D printers. This use of tele-expertise is essential and promising, especially in areas where specialists in equipment are scarce.
After several weeks of transit, made difficult by the restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the equipment arrived in Gaza and the teams on site were able to be trained remotely to use the scanner.
The project is now operational and allows the team to face an exceptional influx of patients due to the terrible explosion that took place in Gaza.
10 of them are now equipped and followed by MSF staff, and 5 new patients will be treated in the coming weeks. 5 other patients are also on the waiting list to benefit from this program. 15 patients may not sound like a lot, but that is the number of admissions a French hospital could have in one year. The project continues, and we hope to be able to take care of the maximum number of patients who need it.