Smart Materials in Medical Sciences

Shape memory alloys (SMA) are materials that have the ability to return to a former shape when deformed, they return to their pre-deformed shape when heated this effect is known as shape memory effect and this brings the applications of smart materials in the medical field like cardiovascular applications where the filters can be inserted inside the human body which when the saline solution flow is stopped the filter returns in to its former shape and also the atrial hole is sealed with the help of atrial septal occlusion device which also works on the shape memory effect. In Orthopaedic applications, SMA has a large value. The spinal vertebra spacer is one. The insertion of this spacer between two vertebrae assures the local reinforcement of the spinal vertebrae and SMA have their applications related to surgical instruments in the concept of less invasive surgical procedures following this tendency, shape memory surgical instruments have been created


  • Track 1-1 Spinal vertebra spacer
  • Track 2-2 Surgical instruments applications
  • Track 3-3 Shape memory surgical instruments
  • Track 4-4 Shape memory alloys
  • Track 5-5 Cardiovascular applications
  • Track 6-6 Shape refining filters
  • Track 7-7 Orthopaedic applications

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