Mineral coatings for orthopaedic applications

S.M. Best and P.C. Marti,     University of Cambridge, UK


The coating of orthopaedic implants with calcium phosphates can be an effective method of improving the physiological response to the implant surface and thus the overall success of the implant. This chapter discusses the key properties of mineral coatings for orthopaedic applications, and highlights the major methods of producing these coatings. The results of clinical studies are then presented before a brief discussion of the future of mineral coatings.

Key words

hydroxyapatite coatings

orthopaedic coatings

calcium phosphate coatings

plasma spraying

magnetron sputtering

2.1 Introduction

The ideal biomaterial must meet ...

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