Composite Enabled Medical Devices and Equipment

Medical devices and equipment are critical in enabling enhanced quality of life and delivering life-saving therapies. Metals such as titanium are commonly utilized in implantable medical devices as it exhibits a strong strength-to-weight ratio, as well as being non-ferromagnetic and is inert in the human body resulting in minimal risk to the patient. Other metals such as stainless steel, gold, silver, platinum, niobium, and tantalum, as well as alloys such as MP35N (Nickel Cobalt), NiTi (Nickel Titanium aka Nitinol). Naturally, these materials are becoming increasingly hard to find or manufacture which is creating a need to look to other materials that exhibit similar properties while lowering the cost of care and improving patient outcomes.

Composites have the capability to replace many of these metals and alloys to provide exceptional performance at a much lower cost. Another consideration is the ability of these devices to be rendered safe for magnetic exposure, which is critical for patients requiring post-operative Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging to ensure proper placement of vascular stents, coils, filters, and other implants. Bio-compatible resins are available which are non-toxic and non-carcinogenic, and when coupled with carbon fiber for structure can result in unmatched performance and functionality for a fraction of the cost.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine

CTD is currently developing capabilities in the medical domain for MRI-safe medical equipment including sutures and surgical tools, as well as cryogenic-ablation systems and tools, lightweight-oxygen storage and delivery for mobile respiratory therapies (respiratory and breathing), composite-enabled solutions for bone fractures and repairs (orthopedic and spine, external fixation), and insulation and thermal management systems for implanted electrical components that increase performance and extend device longevity.

CTD’s resins are also employed in many of the newest MRI machines that create ultra-high magnetic fields (exceeding 3 Teslas), as well as cost-effective MRI systems that leverage our economical insulation resins. Across the spectrum, CTD is deeply involved with developing the best composite and resin systems that optimize magnetic field generation and insulation to ensure these machines operate without quench.

Contact us to learn how composites can enable your medical device or equipment.