Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does the USP size of steel suture correspond to the gauge of steel?

    When a customer refers to a "gauge" they are referring to the Brown and Sharpe (BS) gauge of steel.
    The following BS gauge correlates to USP size.
    BS 18 = USP 7
    BS 19 = USP 6
    BS 20 = USP 5
    BS 22 = USP 4
    BS 23 = USP 3
    BS 24 = USP 2
    BS 25 = USP 1
    BS 26 = USP 0
    BS 28 = USP 2-0
    BS 30 = USP 3-0
    BS 32 & 34 = USP 4-0
    BS 35 = USP 5-0

  • If a steel suture was used on a patient, can the patient be given an MRI?

    Stainless steel sutures are compatible with MRI/NMR procedures having static magnetic fields of 3.0 Tesla or less - however, there may be some slight image distortion.

  • What is the corresponding suture in the Ethicon portfolio?

    Stainless Steel

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