Improving needle visualization during ultrasound-guided central venous catheter placement

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This study evaluated the existing technology used to improve the safety and ease of ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization” Ikhsan et al (2017).

Abstract:

This study evaluated the existing technology used to improve the safety and ease of ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization. Electronic database searches were conducted in Scopus, IEEE, Google Patents, and relevant conference databases (SPIE, MICCAI, and IEEE conferences) for related articles on assistive technology for ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization. A total of 89 articles were examined and pointed to several fields that are currently the focus of improvements to ultrasound-guided procedures.

These include improving needle visualization, needle guides and localization technology, image processing algorithms to enhance and segment important features within the ultrasound image, robotic assistance using probe-mounted manipulators, and improving procedure ergonomics through in situ projections of important information. Probe-mounted robotic manipulators provide a promising avenue for assistive technology developed for freehand ultrasound-guided percutaneous procedures. However, there is currently a lack of clinical trials to validate the effectiveness of these devices.

Reference:

Ikhsan, M., Tan, K.K. and Putra, A.S. (2017) Assistive technology for ultrasound-guided central venous catheter placement. Journal of Medical Ultrasonics (2001). April 19th. [Epub ahead of print].

doi: 10.1007/s10396-017-0789-2.

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