Active Needle Technology promises to enable clinicians to perform needle based procedures safely, efficiently and cost-effectively benefiting patients, clinicians and healthcare providers.
Welcome to ActiveNeedle
Accurate needle placement via real-time visualization and reduced tip deflection of needles is an acknowledged medical need that will increase resource-efficiency by improving the first-time success rate of needle-based procedures, minimizing procedure time and patient stress, contributing to reduced complications and re-admission rates.
Active Needle Technology is a medical device start-up using technology developed at the University of Dundee. The company aims to commercialize its award-winning “needle actuating device” technology into a well-segmented $4 Billion special purpose needle market to enable precise needle targeting in ultrasound-guided needle interventional procedures.
ACTIVE NEEDLE TECHNOLOGY AIMS TO
- Enhance tip visibility at steep angles, ≥ 45°.
- Reduce tip deflection at deep locations, ≥ 3 cm.
- Provide better penetration through tissue interfaces.
- Reduce pain and tissue trauma.
Introduction to Active Needle
Increased confidence of needle tip detection leading to increased uptake of ultrasound guidance.
What clinicians are saying...
ActiveNeedle is a cutting edge technology for ultrasound-guided diagnosis and therapeutic procedures.
Prof. Graeme McLeod,Anaesthetist, UK
ActiveNeedle is a great idea! We regularly need to aspirate neck masses for cytology and I believe that this product can allow better cell aspiration.
Dr. Rodney Mountain,ENT Surgeon, UK
What a promising product this appears to be. I could see this technology being quite helpful in performing blocks which require steeper angles and greater depths (>3cm).
Dr. Maricela Sanchez,Anaesthesiologist, USA
This new technology can greatly facilitate ultrasound guided interventions on deep or difficult lesions in the breast and axilla.
Dr. Sarah Vinnicombe,Radiologist, UK
Needle biopsy is a medical test performed by interventional radiologists to identify the cause of a lump or mass, or other abnormal condition in the body.
During the procedure, the doctor inserts a needle, most commonly guided by ultrasound imaging technique, into the abnormal area to remove a small sample of tissue. The sample is then examined by a pathologist who looks at it under a microscope to investigate abnormalities – for example, cancer, non-cancerous tumour, infection or scar. If a condition has already been diagnosed, a biopsy can also be used to assess its severity (such as the degree of inflammation) and grade (such as the aggressiveness of a cancer).
While there are different procedure of taking biopsies, needle biopsy procedure is commonly used to take a core of tissue (core biopsy) or a sample of cells (fine needle aspiration) from muscles, bones and organs, such as breast, kidney and liver etc.