Technology | November 27, 2008

Transducer Enables Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound Imaging

BK Medical offers the 8824, a transducer that provides CEUS - contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging, to aid in the detection of lesions and the evaluation of vascularity. Compared with traditional B-mode ultrasound imaging, CEUS can provide the surgeon with additional information that is crucial to accurate diagnosis and the verification of treatment. It is also introducing of a compact surgical transducer with selectable, perpendicular arrays engineered to make it easier for surgeons to access difficult-to-reach sections of the abdominal cavity. The 8824 I- and T-shaped intraoperative transducer measures only about the length of a matchstick. The small and thin proportions allow access to difficult-to-access and tight areas, while still providing clear, detailed ultrasound images of the liver, pancreas, or kidney. The 8824 allows the surgeon to follow the path of a needle on the ultrasound image when taking free-hand biopsies from the front, back, left, or right of the transducer. The 8824 combines the two most valuable surgical scanning tools, the T-shaped and the I-shaped array. Similarly to BK Medical’s V-shaped 8814 biplane transducer, the 8824 displays two intersecting planes live at the same time for improved orientation and needle placement. Depending on the surgeon’s preferred technique and the patient’s specific need, the 8824 offers the flexibility of using the 2 arrays individually or simultaneously, each providing a clear, quality image.

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