Monday, October 29, 2007

'Bone cement' for spinal injuries

Burst spinal fractures often require highly complex and invasive surgery

Belfast researchers are developing a new "bone cement" which could give hope to spinal injury victims.

Medical engineers at Queen's University believe the material could help those injured in car crashes for example.

The biological cements, designed to repair burst spinal fractures, are being developed and tested in a project between Queen's and Leeds University.

It is hoped use of the material would be much less invasive and reduce recovery times and NHS costs.

The team has been awarded almost £500,000 to develop and examine the effects of novel cement materials for the treatment of burst fractures.

Bone cements are already used to strengthen damaged vertebrae of patients with diseases such as osteoporosis.

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