Enhancing Medical Technology: Composite Materials in Medical Applications

Developments in medicine have increased the quality of life for people facing all sorts of physical challenges. Medical equipment manufacturers are continually advancing the design and functionality of devices, from small instruments to large pieces of medical machinery. From implants to fixtures in the hospital and clinic settings.

Advancements in the materials used for medical device manufacturing are enhancing the functionality of existing technology. Composite materials are playing an increasingly important role in this area.

Medical applications of composite materials are growing. Composites are appearing in more and more places in the healthcare industry, and have demonstrated their ability to improve results. 

While there are numerous areas that are benefiting from composite materials, here are a few that we at Prototype Composites are particularly excited about.

Radiology and Imaging

Carbon Fiber and other composite materials are ideal in the field of Radiology for several reasons. For starters, it doesn’t interfere with the imaging technology anywhere on the electromagnetic spectrum. It also provides a smooth comfortable surface that is easy to clean and wipe down. It holds up longer and performs better than other non-interfering materials.

Additionally, composites are lighter than many traditional materials, making the devices lighter and more portable. Developing mobile equipment is allowing medical professionals to reach and serve more patients. It can also be particularly useful for veterinary applications.

Medical Transportation

The light-weight quality of composite materials combined with its strength is desirable for medical transportation applications. Stretcher carts must be durable and able to support large amounts of weight. Composite materials can carry the load without adding additional weight, making the transportation process easier and faster.

Operating Rooms and Clinics

Anti-Microbial Coating technology is making composite materials particularly effective in operating rooms and clinic settings. Tables, machines and devices that not only function more easily, but provide a layer of protection from bacteria and infection, a common issue in the medical environment.

These are just a few examples of composite materials in medical applications. Contact Prototype Composites to explore the possibilities in your design and development process.

Kilby Williamson