Clear Guide Medical will introduce the Clear Guide ONE™ at the annual conference of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, December 1-6, 2013. 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 so that it is ready to use as soon as it is turned on – there is no lengthy set-up time or change to the workflow. For the physician, using customary instruments means there is no need to retrain or to change practice, and the hospital or clinic does not have to incur additional inventory-carrying costs. The user-friendly touchscreen guides the physician with pinpoint accuracy to a target defined by a tap on the touchscreen. In addition, the needle insertion may be either in-plane or out-of plane, allowing more freedom in the choice of needle path.
The Clear Guide ONE™ also functions as a valuable educational or warm-up tool. Physicians seeking to train others in needle interventions can use the Clear Guide ONE™ to show how different angles and points of entry will impact the needle path. With practice, more challenging procedures may be performed faster and with higher precision. Physicians for whom needle-based interventions are not a common procedure can quickly gain confidence.
Not only does the Clear Guide ONE™ transform the physician experience of image guidance, it is affordably priced to be adopted everywhere. The Clear Guide ONE™ is a completely portable guidance solution that can be adapted to existing ultrasound systems – in short, the Clear Guide ONE™ is part of the solution to bringing down health care costs.
Dr. Philipp Stolka, Clear Guide Medical's Chief Technology Officer, will demonstrate the features and functionality of the Clear Guide ONE™, and several of these devices will be available to test in Hall B booth 6016 of the North Building in McCormick Place.
Until cleared by the FDA, the Clear Guide ONE™ is not available for purchase or clinical use. Interested parties may inquire about our early adopter program.
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 participate in the growth of the company.
About the RSNA Conference
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA®) is an international society of radiologists, medical physicists and other medical professionals with more than 51,000 members from 136 countries across the globe. RSNA hosts the world’s premier radiology forum, drawing approximately 55,000 attendees annually to McCormick Place in Chicago, and publishes two top peer-reviewed journals: Radiology, the highest-impact scientific journal in the field, and RadioGraphics, the only journal dedicated to continuing education in radiology.
Through its educational resources, RSNA provides hundreds of thousands of continuing education credits toward physicians' maintenance of certification—more than one million CME certificates have been awarded since 2000. The Society also develops and offers informatics-based software solutions in support of a universal electronic health record, sponsors research to advance quantitative imaging biomarkers, and conducts outreach to enhance education in developing nations. Through its Research & Education (R&E) Foundation, RSNA provides millions of dollars in funding to young investigators, helping to build the future of the profession. More information can be found at www.rsna.org.