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Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2000 Jun;19(6):564-9.

Nitinol - its use in vascular surgery and other applications.

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Departments of Vascular Surgery, Monash Medical Centre and Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

to describe the physical properties of shape-memory alloys and the surgical, scientific and commercial applications of nitinol, in particular.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

a Medline, Internet and library search with contributions from commerce to describe the alloy's structure, behaviour and biocompatibility, and design for devices constructed from nitinol.

RESULTS:

nitinol has the properties of thermal shape memory and superelasticity that make it ideal for many vascular and general surgical prostheses and disposables, and for various commercial applications.

CONCLUSIONS:

further research into shape-memory alloys from scientific and commercial groups should widen their use in vascular and endovascular surgery.

PMID:
10873721
DOI:
10.1053/ejvs.2000.1111
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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