An in vitro investigation of diamond-like carbon as a femoral head coating

S. Affatato, M. Frigo, A. Toni

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Wear of polyethylene acetabular components of hip implants is a significant clinical problem. In prosthetic hip surgery, polyethylene wear is identified as a factor that limits the life of the implant; it is known that the production of debris can cause adverse tissue reactions that may lead to extensive bone loss around the implant, and consequently loosening of the fixation. A new class of so-called Diamond-Like Carbon coatings, applied to titanium femoral heads was compared to ceramic and metallic heads in terms of wear behavior against UHMWPE using a hip joint simulator with a bovine calf serum lubricant. A thin film of Diamond-Like Carbon was deposited directly onto titanium (Ti6A14V) head using chemical vapor deposition. The wear of polyethylene coupled with Diamond-Like Carbon coated femoral heads was comparable to that obtained with the polyethylene coupled with commercial alumina femoral heads. (C) 2000 John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-226
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biomedical Materials Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Ceramic ball head
  • Diamond-Like Carbon
  • Hip simulator
  • Metallic ball head
  • Polyethylene wear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials


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