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Dubai patients set to get Hollywood treatment

3D scanning technology used for 'Lord of the Rings' could be offered in Dubai hospitals.

Dubai patients set to get Hollywood treatment
HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER: 3D technology developed for Lord of the Rings could soon be used in Dubai hospitals.

Hospital patients in Dubai could soon find themselves examined using high-tech 3D scanning technology first developed for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies.

A New Zealand healthcare firm is launching wound imaging, measurement and documentation technology that has evolved from special effects work on the Hollywood blockbusters.

The firm, ARANZ Medical, is a subsidiary of the Applied Research Associates New Zealand (ARANZ), a world leader in 3D scanning and modelling technology with applications as diverse as data collection for moviemaking special effects, custom orthotics and prosthetics and geological data interpretation.  

One of ARANZ’s first customers was Weta Digital, the special effects firm that used the innovative technology to bring to life animated characters in movies including the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. However, the technology also has important applications within the healthcare IT sector, helping medical specialists to more effectively manage a patient’s wound therapy.

Silhouette can assess all external wound types including chronic wounds (such as diabetic, vascular and pressure ulcers) and acute wounds (surgical wounds). It is already used in more than 18 different countries and markets in a variety of care settings including hospitals, wound care centres, long term care facilities and home health agencies.

“Silhouette is an innovative device that is dramatically improving the ease and accuracy with which wounds are assessed and documented,” said Dr Bruce Davey, CEO of ARANZ Medical. “With the growing demands of wound care in the region we believe that Silhouette can help health care professionals provide superior care for their patients.”

ARANZ unveiled its high-tech Silhouette Product Suite at the Arab Health conference in Dubai on Wednesday.

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