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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-16

Medical applications of polyether ether ketone


1 Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace, Polytechnic of Turin, Turin, Italy
2 School of Mechanical Engineering, Dongguan University of Technology, Dongguan, Guangdong, China
3 Collaborative Innovation Center of High-End Manufacturing Equipment, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi; National Institute Corporation of Additive Manufacturing, Xi'an, School of Mechanical Engineering, Dongguan University of Technology, Dongguan, Guangdong, China

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Bingheng Lu
Collaborative Innovation Center of High-End Manufacturing Equipment, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710049, Shaanxi; National Institute Corporation of Additive Manufacturing, Xi'an, School of Mechanical Engineering, Dongguan University of Technology, Dongguan 523808, Guangdong
China
Jing Wang
Collaborative Innovation Center of High-End Manufacturing Equipment, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710049, Shaanxi; National Institute Corporation of Additive Manufacturing, Xi'an, School of Mechanical Engineering, Dongguan University of Technology, Dongguan 523808, Guangdong
China
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DOI: 10.4103/ts.ts_3_18

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Polyether ether ketone (PEEK) has been widely used during the past decades in the medical field. Its versatile nature makes PEEK very popular in a variety of medical devices. The purpose of this article is to summarize the medical applications of PEEK in following fields: cranioplasty, dental implants, interbody fusion, joint replacements, soft-tissue repairs, and cardiac surgery. PEEK, as a biocompatible polymer, has been used in fields related to tissue fixation and reconstruction. This is largely due to its superior mechanical characteristics and biocompatibility. The author believes that as collaboration between medical professionals and engineers becomes more standard, PEEK and its composites will become more available and versatile.


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