DSM announced recently the launch of its new product, Dyneema Purity Radiopaque Fiber.
Designed to aid in the creation of medical devices for use in orthopedic trauma, the new fiber contains a radiopacifier, which allows it to be visible in X-ray images. The Dyneema Purity Radiopaque Fiber is purported to be the world’s only ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) medical fiber, according to a company press release.
The initial use of the fiber will be to replace metal surgical cables that are used in bone fracture treatment procedures. The fibers are 15 times stronger than steel, but are pliable and flexible, according to the release.
Because UHMWPE fibers can conform to the anatomy of bones, there is increased surface contact and forces are spread more evenly, which lowers the risk of the cable cutting into bone. Additionally, the fiber is biocompatible and chemically inert, which can help reduce inflammation and irritation. These attributes can make the fibers more comfortable for the patient and speed up recovery times, according to the release.
“With its impressive durability, flexibility and X-ray visibility, our Dyneema Purity Radiopaque Fiber gives device manufacturers the opportunity to use UHMWPE fiber in new applications,” Carola Hansen, director of Biomedical Polyethylenes at DSM Biomedical, said in the press release.