Clear Guide Medical will exhibit the Clear Guide EDU™ and the Clear Guide ONE™ at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting in the San Diego Convention Center, March 23-26, 2014.
The Clear Guide ONE™ revolutionizes medical image guidance with a compact, ergonomic, easy-to-use ultrasound probe attachment that provides accurate and immediate real-time needle guidance. Based on advances in computer vision research, the Clear Guide ONE allows the physician to visualize the needle path on-screen before entering the patient, potentially allowing better planning of the intervention and more accuracy in placement.
The Clear Guide ONE™ is a radical innovation in the field of image guidance because of its simplicity and ease of use. The system can be added to any ultrasound probe and system, and it is pre-calibrated, unobtrusive and "always on", so that it is ready to use as soon as the touchscreen is turned on – there is no lengthy set-up time or change to the workflow. For physicians, using customary instruments means there is no need to retrain or to change practice, but if additional information about the needle tip is desired, the use of the Clear Guide VisiTIP2™ needle provides that information. Once a target has been defined by a tap on the touchscreen, the user-friendly interface on the touchscreen informs the user how far away from the target the insertion path will be, and guides the physician to the chosen target with millimeter precision. By not constraining the needle to be in-plane only, the clinically optimal path can be taken. Best of all, these guidance systems are affordable by everyone.
The Clear Guide EDU™ is a fully functional ultrasound training system for needle-based procedures. Without requiring a dedicated ultrasound machine, the Clear Guide EDU allows training for needle-based procedures such as anesthesia, fluid drainage and biopsy with the same quality components as the clinical version, the Clear Guide ONE. Training physicians to take the optimal route is key to any needle-based procedure, and the Clear Guide EDU allows trainees to understand how to succeed in finding the best path to the target, both in- and out-of-plane.
Dr. Philipp Stolka, Clear Guide Medical's Chief Technology Officer, will demonstrate the features and functionality of the EDU and ONE, and several of these devices will be available to try out in booth 7012 of the Exhibition Hall.
The Clear Guide ONE has not yet been cleared for clinical use by the FDA nor received the CE Mark. The Clear Guide EDU training system is available for purchase immediately by contacting email@example.com.
ABOUT CLEAR GUIDE MEDICAL
Clear Guide Medical is a privately-held company based in Baltimore, MD which develops innovative technologies to provide advanced image-guidance for needle-based interventions and diagnostics. The company won the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Award in the Life Sciences/Medical Device category and was also a finalist in Maryland's 2013 and 2012 Innovation, Corporate Excellence and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Awards, as well as a national top 10 University Startup in 2012. The company has received over $2.2 million in grants and awards and is seeking private investment. Clear Guide Medical is also a Qualified Maryland Biotechnology Company and qualified investments may receive the investment tax credit for up to $250,000. (http://www.choosemaryland.org/businessresources/pages/biotechnologyinvestmenttaxcredit.aspx; note that non-Maryland investors may participate and receive cash if they have no Maryland tax obligations). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can share in the growth of the company.
ABOUT THE SIR ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING
The Society of Interventional Radiology is a national organization of physicians, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to improving public health through disease management and minimally invasive, image-guided therapeutic interventions. The Annual Scientific Meeting brings together nearly 5,000 members. They primarily consist of physicians, but also include an increasing number of allied health professionals who work in IR settings, such as technologists, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. More information about SIR can be found at www.sirweb.org.