07 Aug 2012, BioSpectrum Bureau , BioSpectrum
Singapore: Vitox AMC, an alumina matrix composite bioceramic material for hip joints from leading manufacturer of ceramic components, Morgan Technical Ceramics, has emerged as a reliable solution of hip ailments without the potential health risks associated with metal hip joints.
It is not only long lasting, enabling patients to continue to lead active lifestyles, but has also been proven to have low wear rates when compared with alternative materials.
Developed in conjunction with the National Institute for Applied Sciences at the University of Lyon (INSA Lyon), France; and Durham University, UK, Morgan Technical Ceramics has produced two new studies in hip joint wear titled, ‘Comparative ageing behavior of commercial, unworn and worn Y-TZP and zirconia-toughened alumina hip joint heads' and ‘Wear performance of advanced new generation ceramics: zirconia, alumina and zirconia toughened alumina applied in hard-on-soft and hard-on-hard hip prostheses'.
Morgan Technical Ceramics works with universities worldwide and has been supplying the global medical industry with ceramic components for more than 25 years.
"Our aim was to find a way to combine high wear resistance, excellent mechanical properties and long term stability into a single bioceramic that would also improve comfort and quality of life for patients," said Mr Yannick Galais, commercial manager, Morgan Technical Ceramics.