Because it is biocompatible (non-toxic and is not rejected by the body), Titanium is used in different medical applications including surgical implements and implants, such as hip balls and sockets (joint replacement) that can stay in place for up to 20 years. Titanium has the inherent property to Osseo-integrate, enabling use in dental implants that can remain in place for over 30 years. This property is also useful for orthopedic implant applications. Titanium is also used for the surgical instruments used in image-guided surgery, as well as wheelchairs, crutches, and any other products where high strength and low weight are desirable. The unique qualities of titanium also prove to be MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and CT (Computed Tomography) compatible.
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