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Magnesium Alloys Perform Disappearing Act in the Knee

Materials research and development is part of the bread and butter of medical device innovation. Whether you're making a stent, a wound-care bandage, or an injection septum, the device is only as good as the material it's made from.

For example, researchers at North Caroline A&T are hard at work developing metal alloys for orthopedic implant applications. One target material is magnesium, a metal element that is also an essential body nutrient. However, the researchers face a range of questions: How well do various magnesium alloys hold up in the body? Are these alloys strong enough to support healing? How thick does the implant need to be?

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