Precision Needle Targeting

in ultrasound-guided interventional procedures, such as regional anaesthesia and cancer biopsy

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.


  • 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


Clinical Impact

Increased confidence of needle tip detection leading to increased uptake of ultrasound guidance.

Patient Impact

Reduced complications and discomfort leading to better patient outcome.

Economic Impact

Reduced re-admission rates and procedure time leading to an estimated cost savings of over $100,000/year per operation room.

What clinicians are saying...


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.