The authors describe an artifact noted on ultrasound-guided FNA specimens and the artifact was proven to be associated with certain types of ultrasound gel media.
“In radiofrequency ablation, monitoring the electrode tip during ablation of a thyroid nodule with the VirtuTRAX™ technique is feasible and helpful to increase safety of the procedure.”
Professor Giovanni Turtulici, MD, Ospedale Evangelico Presidio Castelletto-Genoa
Disposable Ultra-Pro II™ Needle Guide Improves Infection Control in Busy Gastroenterology Department while VirtuTRAX™ Use Expands to Academic Medical Centers in Japan.
Ultrasound gel presents a risk of infection when contaminated gel is used in ultrasound-guided needle procedures. Remove the use of gel from ultrasound procedures with Envision.
This case demonstrated that monitoring of electrode tip using VirtuTRAX is feasible and helpful for thyroid RFA. The VirtuTRAX device could increase the accuracy and the outcome of thyroid RFA while reducing the complication rate, shortening the procedure time and learning curve.
Fine needle aspiration (FNA) procedures often use ultrasound gel, which can create artefacts in the specimens and lead to misdiagnosis of the patient or a non-diagnostic sample.
One of the largest single-center studies comparing the yield and complication rate of 2,138 kidney biopsies was performed by Nephrologists in a tertiary care teaching institute in India. The patient demographic ranged from pediatric to adult and the kidney biopsy types included native, graph and transplanted organs. During the first observational period spanning April 2004 – December 2010, 1,510 ultrasound-guided biopsies were performed by Nephrologists with the imaging support of a Radiologist and without the use of a biopsy needle guide device. During the second period of evaluation, January 2011 – March 2013, 628 renal biopsies were performed solely by Nephrologists using both real-time ultrasound imaging ultrasound systems and Ultra-Pro II™ needle guide.