From MRI scanners and X-ray equipment to orthopedic implants for knees, hips, and dental prostheses: medical applications require safe, non-toxic metals. While lead was previously frequently used in equipment, such toxic metals are now being banned from the industry. In addition, the metals for implants must be inert or compatible with the body, so that they are not rejected. As a result, the medical sector is always evolving and is subject to many restrictions.

Applications in the medical industry

  • Medical equipment, such as MRI scanners, X-ray machines
  • Medical orthopedic implants, such as for knees, hips, dental prostheses

Frequently used metals in this industry

  • Tungsten alloys (previously, lead) for medical equipment
  • Titanium alloys for medical orthopedic implants