Frequently Asked Questions
CLEAR GUIDE Image Guidance Systems
Q: What ultrasound systems and ultrasound probes can be combined with a CLEAR GUIDE system?
A: CLEAR GUIDE systems can be combined with a wide range of different ultrasound manufacturers/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. 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 probes?
A: No. The optical head is rigidly connected to the ultrasound probe 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 probes).
Q: Can I order several CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBEs with a CLEAR GUIDE system, or can I later upgrade to additional SuperPROBE units?
A: Yes. You can always extend your CLEAR GUIDE system with new, different SuperPROBEs according to your specifications.
Q: Can I upgrade my existing ultrasound probes to CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBEs?
A: Clear Guide Medical recommends you use a new ultrasound probe for your CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBE. Please contact us to inquire about your specific situation.
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: Device maintenance is scheduled at certain intervals (depending on usage profile) for all CLEAR GUIDE system users. The SuperPROBE will be checked up and fully re-calibrated by a qualified Clear Guide Medical technician. The 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
- your ultrasound machine,
- the CLEAR GUIDE CORE, and
- the CLEAR GUIDE SuperPROBE.
Depending on the clinical intervention or workflow, you may want to use
- CLEAR GUIDE SteriMASK sterile covers for the SuperPROBE,
- CLEAR GUIDE VisiMARKER fiducials for improved guidance, or
- CLEAR GUIDE PercepTIP needles for full guidance including tip tracking.
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:
- with CLEAR GUIDE PercepTIP instruments:
full guidance (i.e. instrument trajectory + tip visualization)
- with regular instruments (interventional tools such as needles, ablation introducers, syringes etc.):
instrument trajectory guidance is supported (i.e. no tip visualization)
Please contact us to inquire about your specific instrumentation needs.