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Intelligent Ultrasound unveils portable NeedleTrainer Plus for remote medical training

10:28, 9th February 2024
Victor Parker
Vox Newswire

Intelligent Ultrasound (IUGFollow | IUG, an ultrasound AI software and simulation company, announced the launch of its portable NeedleTrainer Plus ultrasound-guided needling training simulator.

The simulator is aimed at training ultrasound-guided needling in military field-based hospitals, as well as clinical networks outside major urban areas. The system is packed in a portable pelicase complete with a GE HealthCare Vscan handheld ultrasound device.

The system is part of Intelligent Ultrasound's line of products that includes the ScanNav Anatomy Peripheral Nerve Block, an AI technology that helps healthcare professionals to identify and label anatomy in live ultrasound images in preparation for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and analgesia. The AI software automatically highlights the anatomy associated with the most common peripheral nerve blocks.

Stuart Gall, CEO, commenting: "We hope this new version of NeedleTrainer will support clinicians in more remote areas and help to open up additional markets for our simulators and AI software in the US, UK and through our resellers around the world as we continue to grow our classroom-to-clinic business."


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Intelligent Ultrasound continues to develop its AI imaging portfolio, including the innovative ScanNav and NeedleTrainer technologies that are transforming medical training, supported by an exclusive partnership with GE Healthcare. The segment is key to IUG's long-term growth strategy that has so far been successful. We expect to see IUG's AI-related products continue to gain momentum in 2024, helped by the company's "Classroom to Clinic" programme.

NeedleTrainer is a first of its kind training simulator that uses a retractable needle and virtual image overlays to simulate needling on a live volunteer, using a live ultrasound scan. This enables trainees to develop hand-eye coordination, optimum positioning, and accuracy in ultrasound-guided interventional procedures in a realistic clinical environment with minimal risk.

The new version is the NeedleTrainer Plus that adds a PNB trainer with IUG's proprietary ScanNav AI technology, made portable and bundled with a GE HealthCare Vscan handheld ultrasound device. Making NeedleTrainer portable greatly enhances its range of applications and scalability, additionally opening up exciting possibilities for commercialisation of ultrasound AI technology beyond the medical sector.

Ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block injections are increasingly used for pain relief after surgery and trauma. Data published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia in September showed that when ScanNav Anatomy PNB was available, there was a 40.4% relative increase in the number of peripheral nerve blocks used in trauma cases, without a decrease in quality of care.

IUG is set to benefit from the rapid growth of the medical imaging AI market, projected to grow at a CAGR of 34.7% until 2029. Strong sales momentum bolstered by the company's partnership with GE Healthcare should propel IUG to profitability by end of FY24.

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