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How to Choose the Material for Implantable Medical Devices?

Medical devices are an important part of today's society. In order to do the best material selection for your device, it's important to understand how materials work and how different materials affect the human body.

What is an Implantable Medical Device?

Implantable medical devices are medical devices that are inserted under the skin and can be left there to provide long-term medical care. Common implantable medical devices include cardiac pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, and brain stimulators. 

Device manufacturers often create different types of implants for specific purposes, such as chest pacemakers for treating heart failure, artificial hips for replacing broken ones, and deep brain stimulators to treat chronic pain. 

The selection of a device and its material is an important step in its overall use. There are many factors to consider when choosing a device, including the patient’s health history, the device’s intended use, and the device’s physical characteristics. Patients should also consult with their doctor or device manufacturer to determine which type of device is best suited for their needs. 

Device materials can vary significantly depending on the device’s intended use. Some common implantable medical devices include leaded metal wires and titanium frames, both of which can pose risks if they come into contact with the body’s bloodstream. Devices made from other materials, such as batteries and silicone, may also require special precautions when handling or disposing of them.