miércoles, 18 de agosto de 2010

SonoSite introduces breakthrough technology for needle visualisation


SonoSite, the world leader in hand-carried ultrasound, has launched Enhanced Needle Visualisation, an advanced software technology that improves needle tracking and increases user confidence during deep insertions. Enhanced Needle Visualisation improves visibility of needles at steep angles without compromising tissue image quality, and is the first fully integrated solution to resolve the ‘lost needle’ phenomenon which has been an accepted constraint for ultrasound needle guidance since its inception. This innovative software upgrade is available for M-Turbo® and S Series™ point-of-care ultrasound systems, and is currently compatible with HFL50 and HFL38 transducers for peripheral nerve block applications.
"We are very excited by the new upgrade of SonoSite's technology,” said Dr James French, consultant anaesthetist at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. “We have been using SonoSite ultrasound systems for needle guidance at the Trust for many years, and the addition of Enhanced Needle Visualisation dramatically improves needle visibility. This should enable clinicians to see the needle more clearly, and will help them to perform deeper nerve blocks faster and more safely.”
Dr Nigel Bedforth, consultant anaesthetist and honorary lecturer, also from Nottingham, added: “We saw the new technology used on a gel model; the needle was difficult to visualise initially, but became extremely obvious when the Enhanced Needle Visualisation was activated. We look forward to evaluating this new technology further in the clinical situation.”
Enhanced Needle Visualisation represents a significant advancement in needle visualisation technology, and is expected to benefit a wide range of point-of-care specialities, including surgery, interventional radiology and emergency medicine. This innovation is a true breakthrough for ultrasound needle guidance, and forms part of SonoSite’s ongoing effort to improve patient safety with technology.