Breaking Bio Medical News: MRI Procedures Reveal Metal-on-Metal Hip Complications.
In a huge new development for biomedical science, it appears that magnetic resonance imaging can detect complications due to metal-on-metal implant complications. A recent study that was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery concluded that MRI scans can detect the inflammation and damage surrounding a metal hip implant. In many cases, the MRI scan can detect the inflammation before a patient suffers from pain. In short, this means that hip replacement patients who are worried but not directly suffering have a new, safe alternative to test for potential implant related cell deterioration or damage.
The studied was started to measure how much synovitis related inflammation was suffered by different hip replacement patients. Using three groups of implant patients with varying levels of joint pain and functionality, the study carefully examined the inflammation of the joint and joint lining. Overall, the study showed 78% of sufferers with unexplained joint pain suffered from synovitis while 68% of patients without pain suffered inflammation of the joint lining. All of this inflamed tissue points to the same “adverse local tissue reaction” diagnosis that keeps popping up in metal-on-metal implant related lawsuits.
MRI scans have proven extremely effective for measuring and monitoring the synovitis and inflammation surrounding metal-on-metal implants. As the MRI can show tissue damage a patient may not know they are suffering from, it may prove extremely valuable to doctors that are proactively looking for implant failure. This type of testing could prevent patients from suffering the debilitating side effects of metal-on-metal implants like the Zimmer Durom Cup and the DePuy ASR hip replacement system. Both Zimmer and DePuy are facing numerous lawsuits in state, federal and district courts around the country regarding their implant systems.