Light to the Spine

Light to the Spine

BlackArmor® implants by icotec

icotec is the global leader in radiolucent implants. The nonmetallic, radiolucent BlackArmor® material developed by icotec is biocompatible, and has been successfully implanted for over 15 years. Its X-ray translucency facilitates clear postoperative assessment of the site of care for tumor recurrence and bony fusion, allows for better delineation of the tumor from healthy tissue and optimizes radiotherapy planning and tumor treatment.1

1 Ringel et al. 2017. Radiolucent Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Pedicle Screws for Treatment of Spinal Tumors: Advantages for Radiation Planning and Follow-Up Imaging. World Neurosurg., 105:294-301.

BlackArmor® implants by icotec

Revolutionary Treatment with Transparency

  • BlackArmor® Carbon/PEEK material: metal-free, radiolucent and mechanically durable
  • Optimal presentation of tissue structures (bones and nerves) in postoperative assessment using X-rays, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging
  • Assist in homogenous planning and application of the radiation dose for spinal tumors
  • 15 years of clinical success in the treatment of spinal pathologies

BlackArmor® implants by icotec

Benefits in Assessment and Treatment

The bone-like material and the artifact-reduced imaging lead to several benefits1:

  • Clear radiographic assessment of bony fusion following tumor treatment, fracture repair and spinal fusion procedures
  • Optimal MRI visibility and delineation of the tissue structures postoperatively avoiding, additional X-ray exposure from CT
  • Immediate and precise monitoring of possible tumor recurrence
  • Optimal visibility and delineation of the anatomical structures due to minimal artifacts in CT planning images
  • Assistance in the correct calculation of the radiation dose and distribution
  • Significant reduction in treatment planning time
  • Tumor-destroying radiation passes through the BlackArmor® material without notable attenuation
  • Homogenous distribution of the radiation dose in the tumor tissue
  • Reduced scattering of radiation due to the metal-free BlackArmor® material helps to prevent undesirable side effects

1Ringel et al. 2017. Radiolucent Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Pedicle Screws for Treatment of Spinal Tumors: Advantages for Radiation Planning and Follow-Up Imaging. World Neurosurg., 105:294-301.

BlackArmor® implants by icotec

Developed and Manufactured in Switzerland

  • Material and technology developed at the renowned ETH in Zurich (top positions in global rankings for science and engineering)
  • The Swiss medtech industry is known for the the highest reliability and precision manufacturing
  • BlackArmor® material – developed and manufactured in Switzerland to the highest quality standards

The icotec Pedicle Systems are not available in the United States.