Medical device designers developing neurological products now can avail themselves of a comprehensive database that compiles materials used in these devices, combining engineering material properties and biomedical response data with neurological applications. Introduced by materials information technology company Granta Design (Cambridge, UK) and materials engineering society ASM International (Materials Park, OH), the Neurological module has been integrated with the existing Orthopedic and Cardiovascular modules in the ASM Medical Materials Database. The expanded database allows device designers to make informed decisions by providing access to exhaustive data regarding material selection, substitution, qualification, and regulation.
The neurological data include a representative and diverse sample of neurological devices and the materials used in those devices, according to a press release issued by the companies. Benefits of the database, which can be accessed online or through a company's in-house materials information system, include: