Summary: A 'point-and-shoot' design applied to needle guidance is engineered to save time and improve procedure outcomes, particularly for vascular access.
April 4, 2013 - A 'point-and-shoot' design applied to needle guidance is engineered to save time and improve procedure outcomes, particularly for vascular access. The AxoTrack Needle Guidance Technology on select SonoSite ultrasound systems, now FUJIFILM SonoSite, combines ultrasound with advanced magnetics to provide users with real-time visual updates of needle location as it travels through tissue to the intended target.
- The AxoTrack Needle Guidance Technology, by SonoSite ultrasound systems, now FUJIFILM SonoSite, is designed to save time and improve procedure outcomes, particularly for vascular access, when using ultrasound-needle guidance.
The AxoTrack System is composed of a specially designed ultrasound transducer from SonoSite and a single-use sterile procedure kit from Soma Access Systems LLC. The ability to line up the target line with the vessel and then track the “virtual needle” into the vessel can improve patient safety and the confidence of ultrasound users performing guided procedures.
The launch comes with the news that SonoSite has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market and sell specialized ultrasound transducers equipped with AxoTrack Technology engineered by Soma Access Systems LLC.
An in vitro study using AxoTrack resulted in vascular access procedures that were successful on the first pass and first stick 99.3% of the time versus just 37.1% of the time when compared to the standard freehand method for ultrasound-guided central venous access.1
1 Ferre, R.M., et al. The Use of a Novel Device Improves Real‐Time Ultrasound Guided IV Access. Supplement to Annals of Emergency Medicine, Sept. 2010; 56:3:S74.
For more information: www.sonosite.com/axotrack and www.appliedradiology.com