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On World Health Day: a simple explanation of magnesium implants

Online since today: a short clip about degradable magnesium implants that are being researched as part of a so-called Marie Skłodowska Curie Action (MSCA).


Screws to set or stabilise bones after complicated fractures are standard in medicine. The problem: Once the bone has healed, these implants can be bothersome. Screws to set or stabilise bones after complicated breaks are standard in medicine. The problem: Once the bone has healed, these implants can be bothersome. Often, another operation is necessary to remove them. With magnesium-based implants, these second operations could become superfluous. To control these implants until they dissolve inside the patient, current imaging techniques such as X-rays or MRI are rapidly reaching their limits. Metallic implants are currently not sufficiently detectable with these techniques.

The international MgSafe research groups are investigating the fundamentals of magnesium implants and their interactions with imaging techniques in order to make the invisible visible in the future. For today's World Health Day, the project partners are releasing/putting an explanatory film online for the public

The Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions are part of the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. The funding programme was launched by the European Commission and strives to make scientific careers more attractive whilst establishing Europe as an interesting location of research.