Technological advances for polymers in active implantable medical devices

Negin Amanat Maddock*, Natalie L. James, David R. McKenzie, James F. Patrick

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Abstract

This review highlights the advances that polymers, specifically thermoplastics, are making in the active implantable medical device (AIMD) sector. An overview of the increasing use of polymers in medical and non-medical industries is provided. Polymers of interest are discussed, and their relevant properties as metal replacements are highlighted. The challenges for implementing polymer components in AIMDs are described, with focus on hermeticity, joining methods and material degradation in an industry where assurance of patient safety is mandatory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe design and manufacture of medical devices
EditorsJ. Paulo Davim
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherWoodhead Publishing Limited
Pages239-272
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781908818188
ISBN (Print)9781907568725
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameWoodhead publishing reviews: mechanical engineering
PublisherWoodhead Publishing Limited
ISSN (Print)2048-0571
ISSN (Electronic)2048-058X

Keywords

  • active implantable medical device
  • thermoplastic polymer
  • hermetic enclosures
  • GLASS/POLYIMIDE MICROJOINTS
  • METAL
  • TITANIUM
  • JOINTS

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