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Listen to the Hips When They Can No Longer Hop

hip x-ray

Hip implants and their replacement are a growing consequence of an ageing population.

By Geoffrey Rodgers

Hip replacement implants wear out and need to be replaced, but determining when this is necessary is a significant challenge for orthopaedic surgeons. Now an ultrasound device has been developed that can detect the vibrations made by microscopic abrasions within implants.

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