Nanoparticles offer early alert to artificial joint problems

03/20/2013 | Plain Dealer (Cleveland), The

Magnetic nanoparticles imbedded in ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene may offer a noninvasive way of monitoring artificial joints and catching any deterioration in its very early stages, thereby reducing the number of "redo" operations, according to research under way by Anna C. Samia, chemistry professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. A recent AMA study found that of 3 million artificial knee operations among Medicare patients 65 or older, about 10% were painful second-time replacements.

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