As devices were created to be implanted in the body, the need to carefully track those objects also arose. Naturally found precious metals in custom metal stamping parts, such as gold and platinum became important for their use as marker bands. Due to their radiopacity, these precious metals allow medical professionals to use custom metal stamping parts and see where devices are placed inside the human body. Today when surgeons place a stent or other device inside the body, they may be relying on marker bands made of a wider range of radiopaque metallics beyond the usual 90% platinum/10% iridium — for example, tungsten, which has a density identical to gold but a far lower and far less fluctuating price point — to verify that the stents are in the right place and the correct shape.
Of course, not all precious metals are as noble as gold and platinum. For example, while silver is valued in medicine for its antimicrobial properties, it has to be carefully engineered and is rarely used for medical device applications. Similarly, copper has antimicrobial benefits for uses such as preventing infection and for hospital sterilization. However, although copper has been used in IUDs and, when sufficiently shielded, it can be used for signal processing with implants and diagnostic tools, copper does pose thrombogenic concerns.
As science and medical technology continue to advance, Hueibin Enterprise Corp's Custom Metal Stamping will be here to meet the needs of the medical device industry for tubing and other parts made from specialty metals. As a precision metal fabricating company, we’re experts in very tight tolerance cutting, grinding, lapping, and polishing of all metals for medical device applications. We also provide secondary operations, as well as tungsten and molybdenum products such as wire, ribbon, and rod.
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