Zinc Wire Corroding in an Artery (image) Michigan Technological University Caption This series of scanning electron microscope images illustrates the corrosion of zinc wire implanted in rats' arteries at 1.5 months, 3 months, 4.5 months and 6 months. The wires degraded at a rate just below 0.2 millimeters per year -- the "magic" value for bioabsorbable stents -- for the first three months. After that, the corrosion accelerated, so the implant would not remain in the artery for too long. Credit SEM image by Patrick Bowen Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.