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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.

’Snakeplate'

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