Clear Guide Medical to Introduce the Clear Guide VisiTIP2 Needle™ at RSNA 2013 Booth 6016

Clear Guide Medical will officially launch the Clear Guide VisiTIP2 Needle™ at the annual conference of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, December 1-6, 2013.   The Clear Guide VisiTIP2 Needle™ 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 VisiTIP2 Needle™ allows the physician to see the needle path on-screen before entering the patient, allowing better planning of the intervention, more accuracy in placement, and increased safety.

The Clear Guide VisiTIP2 Needle™ 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 millimeter accuracy  to a target defined by a tap on the touchscreen.  In addition, the needle insertion can be either in-plane or out-of plane, enabling the clinically optimal path to be taken.

The Clear Guide VisiTIP2 Needle™ also functions as a valuable educational or warm-up tool. Physicians seeking to train others in needle interventions can use the Clear Guide VisiTIP2 Needle™ to show how different angles and points of entry will impact the needle path. With practice, more challenging procedures can 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 VisiTIP2 Needle™ transform the physician experience of image guidance, it is affordably priced to be adopted everywhere.  The Clear Guide VisiTIP2 Needle™ enables shorter procedure times, easy portability to the patient, and adaptability 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 VisiTIP2 Needle™, and several of these needles will be available to test in Hall B booth 6016 of the North Building in McCormick Place.

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 investment@clearguidemedical.com 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.