In this publication, the authors from the Keck School of Medicine of USC report the process and outcome of a clinical study comparing the use of an in-plane fixed-angle needle guide, Ultra-Pro II™ (CIVCO, Kalona, IA), electromagnetic needle tracking, eTRAX™ (CIVCO, Kalona, IA) and freehand technique to preform simulated liver lesion punctures on a humanoid phantom. “Traditionally, radiology residents gain this experience by performing supervised freehand ultrasound-guided procedures on patients who are subjected to potentially longer procedural times and higher complication rates. Emerging guidance technologies, which include in-plane, fixed-angle guidance (IPFA) and electromagnetic needle tracking (ENT), offer the potential to reduce procedure times and complications and therefore improve patient comfort and safety.” The purpose of this study was to quantitatively measure the time from puncture of the skin to successful placement in the lesion and the number of needle passes required to reach the four lesions using each technique.
The authors describe an outbreak of Burkholderia cepacian complex (BCC) in Neonatal Unit and Intensive Care Unit patients in Argentina, between April and July 2013. Charts were reviewed, and microbiological testing of potential sources were performed.
Since the spring of 2016, the growth of ultrasound in the United States has erupted with the FDA approval of contrast for liver examinations. The contrast agents used for ultrasound… read more →
A 49 year old male presented to the ultrasound department with a small, difficult-to-access psoas muscle abscess adjacent to the right common iliac artery and vein. Dr. Brabrand uses US/CT Fusion and Verza needle guidance to target, pre-plan and ensure real-time needle visualization.
When ultrasound is used for point-of-care needle guided procedures, including vascular access or regional anesthesia, it is recommended by the FDA and the CDC that a single-use, disposable probe cover… read more →
Since their introduction more than three decades ago, mechanical needle guides have been used to assist clinicians in the accuracy of placing needles for a variety of procedures such as… read more →
Saphenectomy using CloseFAST and the Ultra-Pro II Needle Guide
Clinical Evidence and Education Using Ultra-Pro II in Liver Biopsy Procedures Dr. Corinne Deurdulian, Department of Radiology, Keck Medical Center of USC Case Studies Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy of Deep Liver Lesion… read more →
Clinical Evidence and Education Using RAD-GUIDE™