Good for the Heart, Good for the Bones
In medical engineering, medical scientists, veterinaries and engineers work closely together to develop promising innovative materials, machine tools and manufacturing technologies. Many medical engineering projects carried out at the PZH were started within the scope of the Collaborative Research Centre “Biomedical Engineering“, which expired after twelve years at the beginning of 2015.
For example, magnesium sponges developed by PZH researchers are perfectly suitable as implant in case of a bone fracture, because they are able to dissolve in the body as soon as the fracture has healed. In future, novel bioresorbable magnesium alloys shall also be usable as scaffolds to help mend a broken heart or as stents to treat patients suffering from chronic sinusitis.
In contrast, endoprostheses, i.e. medical devices placed inside the body, shall be as durable as possible. The focus of researchers in medical engineering is on the development of comfortable solutions with low wear.