Magnetron Sputtering Systems Help to Advance Medical Devices

The medical industry continues to make advancements that save millions and improve the quality of life for many others, every year. A critical aspect of this progression is the revolutionary development in medical devices. Medical devices include instruments, implants, in vitro reagents and other apparatuses that are used for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases. Medical devices are also typically used to help improve the structure and function of a specific body part.

One of the reasons that these devices are improving in their function is that the process by which they’re made is rapidly changing and evolving. The magnetron sputtering system is one such process that uses magnets to stabilize a charge while performing physical vapor deposition. Essentially, a target material is vaporized and then leaves behind a thin film on a substrate. These films are then used in the coating and manufacture of many different types of high-tech products including televisions, watches, glasses, CD’s, and of course various medical devices.

Ion beam etching is another vital method used in the creation of numerous types of technological equipment, including medical devices. Ion beam etching is used for high density applications in devices with require a long life span and need to perform as precisely as possible. Some of the products that are developed through this process include military and commercial communication components and sensor products for the automotive and medical industries.

Medical devices serve a wide range of functions and include many different types of tools. Cochlear implants, microchips that monitor artificial joints, pacemakers, wheelchairs and imaging systems such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are all examples of popular medical devices.
Technology is rapidly progressing which allows many people to enjoy a better quality of life.

It is even expected that implants will soon be designed to distribute medication, alert doctors of infections and even notify doctors when a device is recalled. Spinal cord stimulators are an amazing example of the benefits of these new technological developments and processes.

These devices are used to manage chronic pain by blocking and disrupting pain signals that are sent to the brain. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) works by the implantation of an electrical pulse generator in the lower abdomen. It’s characteristically used for treatment in those who have had failed back surgery. Recently, SCS was being used to treat Parkinson’s disease successfully.

The development and uses of medical devices will continue to expand with the aid of ion beach etching and magnetron sputtering. These technological processes are in part responsible for the improvements in health and the quality of life for millions worldwide.
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Guest post is provided by Denton Vacuum, LLC.  Denton Vacuum, LLC is a leading manufacturer of ultra-thin metallic and dielectric coatings which are produced through processes like sputter deposition. Check out their website for more information.

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