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Description: This is a schematic image of medical applications of polymers in balloon catheter used to expand stent in coronary artery: (a) catheter inserted into stent over un-inflated baloon; (b) balloon inflated to expand stent which is left in place to support artery after catheter has been removed. Products now widely used and accepted include catheters, serum bags and stents. In all these areas, polymers offer resistance to body fluids, and mechanical compatibility with body tissues, such properties being related to those already discussed above, namely, corrosion resistance and low and controllable stiffness.
Keywords: biomedical • stent • catheter • body fluid • body tissue • image
Categories: Materials > Polymers & elastomers
Materials > Polymers & elastomers > Plastics
Applications > Biomedical
Created by: Cook (UK) Ltd
The Open University
Published by: The Open University
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Date created: 09 March 1998
Date added: 14 December 2010
Resource ID: 3290