Products for medical supplies, equipment and infrastructure are being reviewed more than ever in regard to their performance and properties to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. Medical devices are getting smaller, lighter, and more complex in design to fight disease and criteria to allow contact with human tissue. Concerns about the growing number of infections acquired in hospitals increase the requirements of easy to clean and antimicrobial surfaces. Plastics can offer solutions while maintaining the design aspect in terms of color and flexibility.
Medical imaging is a critical part of our healthcare system and requires constant calibration to assure highest quality. Plastic materials like acrylic, polyester, polystyrene or polyolefins are often used to manufacture phantoms as they have specific characteristics that either simulate human tissue or assist the setting, calibration and targeting for certain forms of imaging and radiotherapy energy sources.