The mechanical properties of guidewires

Part III: Sliding friction
  • Jürgen Schröder
Technology Assessment


Stiffness is always one of two factors that determine frictional resistance. The other factor, the coefficient of friction, depends on the surface characteristics. Teflon coating reduces the sliding friction to one-half, and a hydrophilic plastic coat to about one-sixth compared with steel.

Key words

Guidewires Angiography Catheters and catheterization Interventional radiology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Schröder
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  1. 1.Abt. RöntgendiagnostikKreiskrankenhaus RendsburgRendsburgFRG

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