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Staying abreast of the latest technology is crucial in the world of medicine, and ASTM develops standards in several cutting-edge areas related to healthcare, including medical and surgical materials and devices, healthcare informatics and more. See below for the latest news on ASTM's activities in this area, and explore relevant standards, committee meeting dates and more in the boxes to the left.

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Rotary Beam Fatigue Tests of Wire Used for Medical Devices

Solid, round, fine wire is often used by the medical industry in devices such as catheter guide wires and as stents for the repair of arteries and containment vessels such as vena cava filters. A new ASTM International standard, E2948, Test Method for Conducting Rotary Beam Fatigue Tests of Wire, will be used to determine the fatigue life characteristics of such wire, in order to assess its reliability....


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