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Tips to Maintain your Ultrasound Machine

Tips to Maintain your Ultrasound Machine Properly maintained ultrasound systems can last for around seven years. That being said, one must know the steps to maintain their equipment. Let’s review four simple habits that can help keep a well-maintained and well-working ultrasound machine. Read your user manual for maintenance guidelines The first piece of advice we can give is to read the manual before actually using the ultrasound machine. Most manufacturers (if not all) include critical information when it comes to maintenance. You [...]

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What Probe Cover is Suitable for your Ultrasound Procedure?

What Probe Cover is Suitable for your Ultrasound Procedure? An Ultrasound probe cover is a physical barrier designed to prevent cross-contamination* during an ultrasound exam. Ultrasound covers come in a variety of shapes and colors. While there is no perfect probe cover, there are three main criteria to consider when choosing one: Should you use a sterile or non-sterile probe cover? Should you use a latex or latex-free cover? What size/shape suits your procedure? Let’s review, for all common ultrasound procedures, the different options that [...]

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Five Tips for a Safe Endocavity Biopsy

Five Tips for a Safe Endocavity Biopsy An endocavity biopsy can be of two types: transrectal (prostate biopsy) and transvaginal (ovarian biopsy). When performing either of these procedures, you are dealing with vital organs in a sterile environment (as your needle will be in contact with multiple body fluids including blood). Hence the five tips to make sure your patient is safe during and after the biopsy. Use Sterile Gel We’ve covered this topic already here, but using sterile gel for endocavity [...]

Needle guide for prostate biopsies

The Benefits of a Needle Guide for Prostate Biopsies

The benefits of a needle guide for prostate biopsies When it comes to performing prostate biopsies, the needle guide is a crucial tool to successfully reach your target. This small device that snaps on your endocavity transducer will keep your needle in a straight line, right into the lesion. Let’s talk about the benefits of needle guides. Fewer biopsy-related complications A needle guide allows for fewer attempts to reach a lesion. As a result, it is less traumatic for the patient and can [...]

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Probe Covers: The Different Materials

Probe Covers: The Different Materials When it comes to choosing the material of probe covers, you usually have three options: latex, polyethylene, and polyurethane. The last two are latex-free, and we’re going to be reviewing their characteristics in this article. Latex ultrasound covers The latex probe covers are mainly used for endocavity examinations. They are inexpensive and very convenient for vaginal and rectal as they are soft and stretchable. Latex covers are usually rolled, which makes them easy to put on, and space-saving on your shelves. Rolled [...]

Ultrasound guidance

Ultrasound Guidance: New & Old Techniques

Ultrasound Guidance: Evolution of the Interventional Tools & Techniques Ultrasound for medical imaging was first used in the early 40’s, to diagnose brain tumors and gallstones, and late 50’s for the first Ob/Gyn applications. However, we had to wait until the 60’s to see the first use of ultrasound guidance for interventional procedures; a kidney biopsy for that matter. Ever since, techniques, tools, and innovations have never stopped to evolve until today where image fusion is gaining popularity. For more historical fun facts, [...]

Why Using Ultrasound for Vascular Access ?

Why using ultrasound for vascular access? The first mention of the use of ultrasound for setting up a vascular access traces back to 1987. It then took a decade to see recommendations on the matter in the UK, in the USA, and in France. Benefits of using ultrasound for vascular access then became very obvious: increased success rate & reduced procedure time. Not to mention safety and comfort. Ultrasound guidance decreases the complication rate One undeniable benefit of ultrasound is its ability [...]

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Sterile Ultrasound Gel: When & How?

Sterile Ultrasound Gel: When to Use It? How to Use It? Ultrasound gels come in different colors – clear, blue or pink – and shapes – dispenser bottle, single-use packet – that clinicians can to choose from for their exams. However, when it comes to infection control, only one question matters: non-sterile or sterile ultrasound gel? As you know, EDM Medical Solutions is all about infection control. So, in addition to probe covers and disinfection, let’s see how your choice of ultrasound [...]

Siemens Acuson Juniper
Acuson Juniper Ultrasound Machine

Siemens Releases Its New Ultrasound: The Acuson Juniper

Siemens announced today the release of its new ultrasound machine: the Acuson Juniper. The Juniper, tailored for a wide variety of application, is said to be 27% lighter and 36% smaller than competing products. It is aimed at conventional & interventional radiology, urology, cardiovascular, orthopedic and OBGYN as it’s made to be rolled all over the hospital and stored in the smallest corners. The Acuson juniper features five transducer ports for even more versatility, and a 13.3″ touchscreen for fast [...]

Endocavity Needle Guide: Disposable or Reusable?

Endocavity Needle Guide: Disposable or Reusable? When performing endocavity invasive procedures (prostate biopsies and ovarian biopsies to name a few), medical professionals generally rely on a device called needle guide to help them. While they are not required by law, biopsy guides are physicians’ best friends when it comes to navigating their needle in tissues and placing it in the right spot. There are two kinds of endocavity needle guides: the disposable guides (also referred to as single-use) and the reusable guides. [...]