Superiority of titanium in medical industry

Superiority of titanium in medical industry

Titanium with many advantanges, such as no rust, antibacterial, non-magnetic, non-deformation, etc., and has become a widely used medical metal material in recent years. The medical industry has made extensive use of titanium because of its “biophile” qualities, which allow it to have good biocompatibility with human tissues and no harmful side effects.

In the United States, laboratory research indicates that the two varieties of titanium, 6AL4V and 6AL4V ELI, have the strongest ties to the medical industry. Due to their greatest affinity for the human body, titanium alloys 6AL4V and 6AL4V ELI, which are made up of 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium, are frequently utilized in the medical industry. Furthermore, two varieties of titanium alloys, Gr. 5 and Gr. 23, are used in the US on various medical equipment based on their respective grades.

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The application of titanium in Medical Equipment

After carbon steel and stainless steel,  titanium medical devices represent the third generation of surgical equipment. In order to improve the anti-rust performance, stainless steel equipment need to chrome plating, electric polishing and other surface treatment. However, chromium is toxic, and the shed chromium layer can be harmful to humans.

The benefits of titanium alloy as a medical device:

  1. The instruments are lightweight, and the damage to blood vessels, muscles and organs can be reduced during the operation, and the fatigue of doctors can be reduced. The titanium instruments are more suitable for fine microsurgery.

  2. Good corrosion resistance and non-toxic. Titanium medical equipment does not rust, wound is not easy to infection and healing fast;

  3. The elasticity of medical titanium alloy is moderate, suitable for making pliers, tweezers, microscalpels and other instruments.

  4. The reflective performance of medical titanium is weak in shadowless lighting, making it a better choice than stainless steel;

Medical titanium alloy is also a crucial component of assistive rehabilitation equipment, which includes crutches, wheelchairs, splints, medical devices, and more.

The application of titanium in Pharmaceutical

Pharmaceutical equipment is susceptible to corrosion damage due to the inseparable nature of drug manufacturing from acids, alkalis, and salts. In addition to providing a significant solution to the grave issue of equipment corrosion, the usage of steel equipment can result in significant financial, material, and human losses and disrupt regular production. Using titanium equipment is a smart way to address this issue.

In the production of several main commonly used drugs, the titanium equipment has good corrosion resistance and has obtained considerable economic benefits. These medications include vitamin B1, vitamin C, antibiotics, anesthetics, deworming agents, and others.

Medical titanium is evolving quickly. As society and the economy grow faster and the improvement of people’s living standards, the demand for biomedical materials and their products will continue to rise. All of these factors will encourage titanium’s use in medical applications.

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