GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) today announced an important new onboard feature to its LOGIQ E9 platform – needle tracking powered by GE’s innovative Volume Navigation capability. The enhanced device is on display at the Society for Interventional Radiology’s 35th Annual Scientific Meeting (booth 620).
With the extraordinary image quality of the LOGIQ E9, this new Volume Navigation needle tracking capability with its sensor tipped needle helps overcome many of the traditional challenges of existing ultrasound needle guidance such as needle visualization and deflection, determining entry points and the avoidance of critical anatomy. This, in turn, can help increase the accuracy of procedures such as biopsies, ablations, drainage, fluid aspiration and general injections.
“LOGIQ E9’s advanced needle tracking can now help medical professionals utilize ultrasound during in-plane and challenging out-of-plane interventional procedures,” said Brian McEathron, general manager of General Imaging Ultrasound, GE Healthcare. “This can reduce time, limit repeat procedures, improve outcomes and result in a better overall patient experience.”
Before the skin is even penetrated, the LOGIQ E9’s advanced technology projects the path to the target, helping to plan the optimal angle and point of entry. During the procedure, the system displays the needle’s position in real-time graphics that are overlaid on the image of the scan plane. The trajectory can then be monitored as it progresses toward the target.
“The LOGIQ E9’s ability to visualize the path of the needle at any angle – from starting point to end – helps instill the clinician with confidence that he or she can successfully complete a procedure that they might not have attempted to start with other devices,” said Hisham Tchelepi, M.D., assistant professor of abdominal imaging and director of ultrasound at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Also on display is GE Healthcare’s Venue 40, a miniaturized ultrasound platform created for specific point of care settings. The device comes in five versions, specific to its application such as minimally invasive surgery or emergency medicine. There are neither knobs nor a keyboard, with all commands being executed through a touch screen and stylus. Its small size helps provide portability and real-time imaging in the smallest of clinical spaces.
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