Medical Titanium in Implants, Pacemakers, and More
Titanium alloys of a variety of different grades can be found as an important element of pharmaceutical and dental tools and supplies of all types. The infographic below, Titanium in the Medical Industry: Benefits and Applications, presents a helpful summary of why and how this metal is so versatile and reliable.
Titanium has been employed in the dentistry industry since the 1940s (although the first implant in dentistry using titanium didn’t take place until 1965). Uses in surgical procedures started to appear in the 1950s, and have rapidly increased, especially in, but not limited to, cardiovascular and orthopedic procedures.
The use of titanium for some common medical implants such as pacemakers and artificial joints is well-known information, but the strength, bacterial resistance, and lightweight structure make it an especially fitting substance for applications such as operational tools and medical supplies and device parts.
Because of titanium’s biocompatible characteristics and it’s market availability, research and improvement of new medical practices are advancing quickly. And with an average population in the U.S. that is getting increasingly older, that will absolutely increase the demand for many medical procedures that currently and potentially involve titanium, the investment in R & D should be well rewarded. To get a better understanding of titanium applications and benefits in the medical field, please continue reading.