Zinc: The Perfect Material for Bioabsorbable Stents?
Researchers are trying to develop a bioabsorbable stent, one that would gradually—and harmlessly—dissolve after the blood vessel is healed. Many studies have investigated iron- and magnesium-based stents. However, iron is not promising: it rusts in the artery. Magnesium, on the other hand, dissolves too quickly. "We wondered, 'Isn't there something else?'" Patrick Bowen said. "And we thought, 'Why not zinc?'"
Michigan Tech News, April 30, 2013
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