Frequently Asked Questions
CLEAR GUIDE Image Guidance Systems

Compatibility

Q: What ultrasound systems and ultrasound transducers can be combined with a CLEAR GUIDE system?

A: CLEAR GUIDE systems can be combined with a wide range of different ultrasound models. Please contact us to inquire about your specific situation.
Our database of supported combinations is constantly growing; validated systems include:

Q: Can I move the CLEAR GUIDE system between different ultrasound machines at my clinic?

A: Yes. But keep in mind - for each different ultrasound system model, you need to have at least one CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBE unit.

Q: Can I switch the CLEAR GUIDE Optical Head between ultrasound transducers?

A: No. The optical head is rigidly connected to the ultrasound transducer you choose when ordering a CLEAR GUIDE system. However, you can use multiple different CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBEs with a single CLEAR GUIDE system (e.g. linear or convex transducers).

Q: Can I order several CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBEs with a CLEAR GUIDE system? Can I later add more SuperPROBE units?

A: Yes. You can always extend your CLEAR GUIDE system with new, different SuperPROBEs to match your clinical needs.

Q: Can I upgrade my existing ultrasound transducers to CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBEs?

A: Clear Guide Medical recommends you use a new ultrasound transducer for your CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBE. Please contact us to inquire about your specific situation.

Operations

Q: Do I have to calibrate my CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBE?

A: No. CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBEs are fully pre-calibrated by a technician during installation, and you will never have to calibrate them yourself. During regular device maintenance, the SuperPROBE will be checked up and fully re-calibrated by a qualified Clear Guide Medical technician.

Q: How is sustained calibration of a CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBE guaranteed?

A: Regular device maintenance is scheduled for all CLEAR GUIDE systems. The SuperPROBE will be checked up by a qualified Clear Guide Medical technician. Details of this maintenance program are specified during ordering.

Q: Do I need any further equipment to use a CLEAR GUIDE system?

A: All the components necessary for CLEAR GUIDE Image Guidance are

  1. your ultrasound machine,
  2. the CLEAR GUIDE CORE, and
  3. the CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBE.

Depending on the clinical intervention or workflow, you may want to use

Q: Can I perform both in-plane and out-of-plane insertions with one CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBE?

A: Yes - to some extent. During ordering, you specify the configuration of your SuperPROBEs (either in-plane or out-of-plane). Instrument guidance is supported up to approx. +/-30 degrees around that main orientation.

Q: Does the instrument tracking work with my regular needle/instrument?

A: CLEAR GUIDE systems support single, straight, rigid instruments (14G - 20G, min. visible instrument shaft: 4cm) for two different guidance modes:

  • instruments with the CLEAR GUIDE PercepTIP pattern:
    full guidance (i.e. instrument trajectory + tip visualization)
  • with regular instruments (needles, ablation introducers, syringes etc.):
    instrument trajectory guidance (i.e. no tip visualization)

Please contact us to inquire about your specific instrumentation needs.

Mobile CLEAR GUIDE Image Guidance installation

Mobile CLEAR GUIDE Image Guidance installation

 
Components of a CLEAR GUIDE enabled ultrasound navigation system

Components of a CLEAR GUIDE enabled ultrasound navigation system