Influence of Sterilization with γ-Irradiation in the Degradation of Plasma Sprayed Hydroxyapatite Coatings
The influence of sterilization with γ-irradiation in the properties of plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite (HAp) coatings used for medical implants is investigated in this work. HAp coatings were applied on titanium alloy substrates by plasma spraying and then submitted to 1 and 10 cycles of sterilization with γ-irradiation. As-applied HAp coatings were used as control samples. Afterwards, the modifications on the samples, induced by the irradiation process, were evaluated by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Water contact angle measurements as well as adhesion tests were also carried out in order to evaluate the influence of the irradiation process on the wettability and mechanical behaviour of the HAp coatings. No microstructural modifications were detected by X-ray diffraction after sterilization. However, the results show that sterilization with γ-irradiation originates modifications of the surface of HAp, as detected by a change of color of the coatings and by the XPS analysis. Nevertheless, these modifications do not result in significant changes in the wettability and mechanical behaviour of the HAp coatings.
Paula Maria Vilarinho
T. Costa et al., "Influence of Sterilization with γ-Irradiation in the Degradation of Plasma Sprayed Hydroxyapatite Coatings", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 514-516, pp. 1054-1058, 2006