In this paper, a new treatment method, flame remelt spheroidization, is used to improve the crystallinity of hydroxyapatite (HA) powders. Based on SEM and XRD analysis, the treated powder is more crystalline than spray-dried and sintered HA powder and has higher density and a smoother surface morphology as well. In addition, coatings produced by plasma spraying the treated powder are shown to have better surface microstructure than coatings synthesized from untreated powder.

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