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2016 Scientific Images Contest Winners

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Honorable Mention | By 2030, the aging US population will need over 500,000 hip implants each year. This image shows a cobalt and chromium alloy used in these implants. Images like these help researchers study defects which can lead to corrosion and break down in hip replacements. This sample of the metal alloy is only 100 nanometers thick - 100 times thinner than a human hair. At this microscopic scale, we can see variations in the metals crystal structure (here, the black, curving lines show where the sheet is bending). Studying these metals in detail helps researchers design better biomaterials and safer, longer-lasting implants.

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Image
Keyword
Biomaterials
Implants
Metal alloy
Rights
All rights reserved
Creator
Hoffman, Emily Elizabeth
Contributor
Marks, Laurence
Abstract
This image originally appeared as part of Northwestern's Scientific Images Contest. The contest and subsequent exhibitions are organized by Science in Society, the university's research center for science education and public engagement. Further information and opportunities to participate are available on their website. Prints and canvas editions of these Northwestern research images can also be purchased online (with the small net profit going to science education and outreach programming in the Chicago area).
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Science in Society
DigitalHub. Galter Health Sciences Library
Date Created
2016
Subject: MESH
Alloys
Chromium Alloys
Hip Prosthesis
Subject: LCSH
Metal crystals
Artificial hip joints
Page number
9
DOI
10.18131/G3W031
ARK
ark:/c8131/g3w031

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