Artificial Teflon arteries, United States, 1994

Made:
1994 in United States

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Teflon artificial arteries. Full view, blue perspex background.
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Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Three 'Teflon' artificial scaffold arteries, two bifurcated and one single, by DuPont, United States, 1994 (see note).

Cardiovascular disease – in which an individual’s arteries can harden and become blocked – is a major cause of death, particularly in the developed world. These prosthetic arteries, made out of Teflon, are inserted into the body to replace the function of the natural arteries. Although it can prolong life, the material has its limitations and a new generation of improved synthetic arteries is currently being developed.

Teflon, a non-stick material, was first developed in 1938 at Dupont’s Jackson Research Laboratory in New Jersey, USA. Dupont have made Teflon for a variety of uses including, saucepans, clothing, buildings and – as in this case – surgical implants.

Details

Category:
Materials Science Gallery
Object Number:
2015-508
Materials:
plastic (unidentified), teflon
Measurements:
artery 3: 340 mm x 30 mm, .03kg
artery 2: 330 mm x 34 mm,
artery 1: 290 mm x 24 mm,
type:
artificial arteries
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • surgical implant
credit:
DuPont

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