Rivanna Medical obtained FDA 510(k) clearance for its Accuro device for helping physicians accurately deliver a needle during spinal anesthesia. It’s essentially a compact ultrasound system that has both the probe, processing system, and the display within the same smartphone-sized package.
The device is used to create a 3D volumetric image from multiple scans taken in different planes. Anatomical points of interest are recognized and show up within the lower part of the screen. It doesn’t require a sonographer to operate and only needs one hand to control.
From the product page:
Accuro eliminates the high cost of expensive capital equipment. Accuro also delivers technology unique to any other ultrasound modality: (a) Accuro form factor—i.e., the innovative size configuration and state-of-the-art image guidance, including (b) BoneEnhance™ (designed for bone-imaging) and (c) SpineNav3D™ (which automates image interpretation and depth measurements).
Accuro facilitates 3D navigation of the lumbar spine in real time, making image interpretation and measurements of the lumbar spine anatomy a simple and quick procedure. A sonographer is not required for use of the Accuro device. The technology uses ultrasonic reflections acquired from multiple scan planes to obtain 3D volume scans of the lumbar spine.
The company is hoping their technology will be used in the future in other applications, such as for thyroid biopsies, peripheral nerves, and help with vascular access.
Product page: Accuro…
Source: Rivanna Medical…