Carbon/PEEK Implant Plate Assessed In Vivo

10 March 2006

An extensive in vivo experiment performed at the AO Research Institute in Davos compared IcoTec’s Carbon/PEEK ‘Snake Plate’ with a titanium interlocking osteosynthesis plate.

Non-metallic implants have the advantage over metallic implants of reduction in artefact with CT and MR diagnostic imaging. In-vivo performance of a carbon fibre reinforced polyetheretherketone radiolucent plate (Snake Plate) with high stiffness and fixed angle converging screws was compared with a seven-hole titanium Locking Compression Plate (LCP), using a sheep tibial osteotomy (removal of a portion of the shin bone).

The results of the work showed that the Snake Plate appeared to represent a viable alternative to metallic implants for shaft fracture repair, with added advantages including radiolucency and high deformation resistance.


The full paper is given in VCOT (Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2005; 18: 175-82).

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