Technical Ceramics

Medical

Medical

We are a world leader in manufacturing ceramic components and complex ceramic-to-metal brazed assemblies for surgical tools, medical instrumentation, therapeutic and diagnostic equipment. We have an in-depth understanding of the requirements, standards and processes of medical markets around the world.

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Medical Products

Our high-quality medical ceramics are favoured by healthcare device manufacturers and the medical professionals for their exceptional physical characteristics and performance. Our medical engineering expertise means we can make optimised healthcare ceramic products such as:

Analytical equipment

Analytical Equipment

Ceramic blood shear valves

Ceramic heaters

Ceramic plungers

Ceramic seals

High power voltage feedthroughs

High voltage ceramic insulators

Quadrupole spacers

Medical imaging

Medical Imaging

Braze alloys

Ceramic assemblies

Ceramic windows for Linac

Charge dissipative coated ceramics

High voltage feedthroughs

Metallised ceramic insulators

Target assembly

X-ray tube components

Medical Lasers

Medical Lasers

Feedthroughs

High reflectivity laser cavities and connectors

Reflectors

Waveguides

Medical implants

Medical Implants

Biocompatible hermetic feedthroughs

Braze alloys preforms

Ceramic to metal packages

Multi-pin headers

Porcelain labware

Porcelain Labware

Ball mills and balls

Evaporating basins, incinerating dishes, combustion boats

Filter discs and plates

Funnels

Graduated beakers

Mortars and pestles

Melting, filter, and Gooch crucibles & lids

Spoon and ladle spatulas

Spot and desiccator plates

Robotic and electro surgical tools

Robotic and Electro Surgical Tools

Ablation tips

Electrosurgical tools

Robotic end effectors

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Medical Materials and Benefits

Our ceramic materials provide superior wear, strength, and electrical characteristics for structural applications like x-ray tubes and robotic surgical tools. Ceramic materials provide a barrier to prevent bodily fluid ingress and resistance to harsh reagents and cleaning chemicals used in medical instruments, making them an excellent choice for haematology applications.

Key Material Properties

  • Biocompatibility
  • Durability
  • Hardness
  • Wear and chemical resistance
  • Electrical insulation
  • Hermeticity
  • Low wear-rate
  • Fracture toughness
  • Long-term chemical stability
  • Radio Frequency (RF) transparency
Our precision brazed ceramic-to-metal assemblies are used in new treatments to ablate tumours. The minimally invasive procedure means that patient trauma following surgery is reduced and post-operation recovery times are significantly shorter.

Medical Products Capabilities

The combined features of biocompatibility, dielectric and mechanical strength, chemical resistance, and low-wear of our ceramics; our broad array of braze alloys and our capabilities to develop custom alloys; and our expertise in metallising and brazing enable experts from our world-wide facilities to collaborate with our customers designers to develop customised solutions for their most challenging needs.
 
The results are customer innovations that provide lower costs, improved therapies and analytics, and improved patient outcomes.

Medical Ceramics Questions

How are ceramics used in medical devices?

There are many types of medical devices where ceramics are used. Each device depends upon certain characteristics of the ceramic. These include:

  1. Hermetic, bio-compatible, electrically insulating metal-to-ceramic feedthroughs or seals within implanted pacemakers and defibrillators, cochlear implants, and spinal cord and deep brain stimulators
  2. High-voltage resistant ceramic insulators within x-ray generators of x-ray and computed tomography (CT) imaging equipment need a dielectric strength great enough to withstand intense electric fields
  3. Thermally and electrically insulating, hard, wear-resistant, bio-compatible ceramics parts used within hand-held and robotic electro-powered surgical tools
  4. Biocompatible, wear-resistant components in blood collection, processing, and analysis equipment
  5. Reflective and uniformly thermally insulative ceramic components in lasers used for surgical and aesthetic treatments
  6. Heaters, nebulisers and quadrupole holders/spacers for mass spectrometers used within the pharmaceutical industry

Why are ceramics used in biomedical applications?

In addition to certain ceramics being considered biocompatible, other properties such as hermeticity, electrical and thermal insulation, hardness, wear or erosion resistance can provide the performance the specific device requires.

Why are Morgan’s ceramics particularly suitable for high voltage medical applications?

Electrical resistivity increases with ceramic material purity, which means a conventional alumina of 94% purity will deliver a decreased dielectric strength (of 8.6 kV) compared with market-leading alternatives like Morgan’s Alumina AL-300®, with purities of 97%, achieving dielectric strength of 15 kV/mm in lternating current (AC).

What are the benefits of ceramics in medical power tubes?

For high-voltage applications, the key benefits to specifying power tubes which have been manufactured using high-purity alumina to achieve a dielectric strength of 15 kV/mm in AC can be summarised in three points, smaller components, optimised performance, and increased lifespan.

Why Ceramics?

As highly experienced specialists, we help the developers to make the required insulators "ceramic-friendly". This lowers development costs and protects the budget, shortens the development time and enables a faster "time to market”; but most importantly, production costs can be kept low from the outset.