Rare earth permanent magnets have greatly improved the field of health and medical technology. Attributed to their capability of generating powerful magnetic field, they are widely used in medical imaging devices, such as MRIs, which have enabled doctors to diagnose diseases with high confidence. Rare earth elements are also used in many other modern surgical devices, such as robot-assisted surgery machines. They also have been used in other pioneering technologies such as implanted medical devices. Yttrium, used in solid state lasers and cancer-treating drugs, is of great importance to modern medicines.

As to X-ray equipment and computer tomography, medical device manufacturers have trusted our stationary anodes and X-ray targets which are made of TZM, MHC, tungsten-rhenium alloys, and tungsten-copper. We supply tube and detector components, in the form of rotors, bearing components, cathode assemblies, emitters, and CT collimators. They are now widely used in modern imaging diagnostic technology. X-ray radiation is generated when electrons are decelerated at the anode. However, 99% of the absorbed energy is converted to heat. Our metals can stand high temperatures and provide reliable thermal management within the X-ray system.

In the field of radiotherapy, we have assisted in the recovery of thousands of patients. Absolute precision and uncompromised quality are critical for radiotherapy. Made from dense tungsten-heavy metal alloys, multileaf collimators and shieldings have high precision. They guarantee that the radiation is focused on the abnormal tissue with high accuracy. Hence, tumors are treated with high-precision irradiation while the healthy tissue is not affected. 

When it comes to human health and welfare, we would like to be in full control. Our production chain starts with the reduction of raw materials to form metal powders to ascertain high purity. We produce compact metallic products from porous powder blanks. We turn these into complex components of maximum performance and excellent quality via complicated processes such as special forming process, mechanical processing steps, state-of-the-art coating, and joining technologies.   

Advanced ceramics are used in medical technology including the following aspects: Bioceramics, Dental systems, Instruments and tools, etc.

The medical field benefits from many characteristics of ceramics, such as inertness, non-toxicity, hardness, high compressive strength, low coefficient of friction, abrasion and chemical resistance, aseptic properties, manufacturing capabilities with various porosities, very good Aesthetics, and durability. By introducing ceramic composite materials and nano-structured materials and by processing (such as by hot isostatic pressing) to reduce its brittleness. In cases where the mechanical strength and toughness of the substrate need to be relied on, ceramic coatings may also be considered.

Bioceramics

The ceramics used for the human body are called bioceramics. Mainly used in medical implants, in the form of blocks or as a coating or filler. Plastic surgery involving surgical implantation of these implants is intended to replace hip, knee, joint, craniofacial, and spine hard tissues, and has become increasingly popular as the world population continues to age.

Dental systems

Another related application of ceramic materials is represented by dental ceramics, which includes orthodontic devices (e.g. braces), prostheses (e.g. crowns, bridges), and implants (e.g. all-ceramic root implants). Since they can be matched to the natural color of the teeth, from an aesthetic point of view, ceramic materials can provide better results than traditional metal products. For dental implants, ceramic materials have better osseointegration than titanium, and are engineered to prevent infection and deterioration, especially through the use of nanomaterials. Nitinol is also use for this.

Instruments and tools

Ceramics also have other important applications in medical devices and tools, including tissue engineering scaffolds; medical pumps; blood shear valves for hematology testing; drug delivery devices; piezoelectric elements for medical tools and instruments; and ceramics for imaging equipment to metal components. Moreover, ceramic particles and microspheres are becoming increasingly popular in cancer radiotherapy and other targeted therapies.

Our products important to the medical industry also include: marker bands, nitinol tubes, wires and sheets.

Marker bands

A radiopaque marker band is a marker ring used as an X-ray or ultrasound imaging marker for the distal working area in interventional therapy, and it is disposable medical material.

The performance requirements for this purpose of the material itself are biocompatibility and radiopaque, high precision is also required. Common applications include radiopaque marking, ring electrodes, cardiac rhythm management devices, stents, and angioplasty. It is suitable for radiopaque markers during angioplasty and other minimally invasive catheter procedures. Edgetech Industries has been committed to providing high-precision metal capillary (material including platinum-iridium (Pt90/Ir10), titanium and its alloy, tantalum, niobium, niobium zirconium alloy, stainless steel, nickel-base superalloy) and their derivatives, with an accuracy of “micron”.

Hyaluronic acid is also used in this field.