Radiofrequency induced heating of biodegradable orthopaedic screw implants during magnetic resonance imaging


Magnesium (Mg)-based implants have re-emerged in orthopaedic surgery as an alternative to permanent implants. Literature reveals little information on how the degradation of biodegradable implants may introduce safety implications for patient follow-up using medical imaging. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) benefits post-surgery monitoring of bone healing and implantation sites. Previous studies demonstrated radiofrequency (RF) heating of permanent implants caused by electromagnetic fields used in MRI. Our investigation is the first to report the effect of the degradation layer on RF-induced heating of biodegradable orthopaedic implants.
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