By FLIR Systems, Inc - Research & Science
Infections in joint replacement surgery are a major factor in the failure of the used metal implants, especially when more strains of bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. Heating up the joints would eliminate bacteria and yeast, but the concern is whether or not this can be done in a non-invasive fashion. Bart Pijls, MD, PhD, from the Leiden University Medical Center's (LUMC) Department of Orthopedic Surgery believes the solution could be electromagnetic induction. He is working in conjunction with the medical center's Department of Microbiology to study electromagnetic induction with the help of FLIR's thermal imaging technologies. Download the case study for the full story.