Traditionally, artificial joints are a combination of metals, plastics and ceramics. While they do the job well, their lifetime is under 20 years and there are wear and compatibility issues.
At this year’s Nanotech 2009 conference, a new material was introduced which incorporates carbon nanotubes into traditional implant materials. The result is a slick, high quality implant that should last longer than current implants.
Also, carbon nanotubes are viewed less antagonistically by the body, resulting in minimal issues with rejection.
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