eZono, a Germany-based developer of tablet ultrasound systems, has introduced eZGuide Adaptive Needle Recognition (eZGuide ANR), which allows clinicians to use their needle of choice with the help of a magnetic detection technology.
By automatically calibrating the eZono 4000 systems, eZGuide ANR helps clinicians use their needle of choice with eZGuide Navigation Technology.
The eZGuide ANR features an automatic on-screen needle information system that provides complete picture of the trajectory and penetration capabilities of the needle to help clinicians before starting an invasive procedure.
The system allows the clinician to increase the safety and efficiency for each procedure, the company said.
eZono CEO Graham Cox said: "eZGuide ANR is a major step forward for procedural guidance.
"Our challenge up until now has been in managing the needle optimisation process.
"We want to enable clinicians and hospitals to have flexibility for their choice of needle to perform procedures and still offer precision guidance from our system.
"With the introduction of eZGuide ANR technology, we have not only streamlined this needle selection process, but we have also included an improved feature set, which will display the capabilities of each needle before it is used on the patient.
"This puts the clinician much more in control by having all the information on the needle guidance, provided ahead of time."
Current procedural ultrasound technologies are products focused more on diagnostics than procedures, which frequently need expensive add-on equipment and dedicated consumables which lock hospitals into expensive contracts.
The company intends to upgrade all eZono 4000 users to eZGuide Adaptive Needle Recognition, free of charge, expanding the clinical utility of the eZono 4000 system.
The company said that image quality improvements, user interface improvements and DICOM compatibility are also included in the upgrade.
Image: Screenshot of eZono 4000 with eZGuide. Photo: courtesy of eZono AG.