Since
2020
United States
Devices for treatment
TRL 5

Challenge

There are many procedures where ultrasound (US) is combined with invasive tools such as needles. For example, in nerve blocks which are an important tool for pain relief and often used for total loss of feeling during surgery. In this case US is used in the majority of these procedures to image the anatomy and guide the needle towards the target. Since the needle and the target are both small and thus challenging to pinpoint, the outcome of the procedure is very dependent on the skill of the physician.

Opportunity

Needle tip identification is viewed as the most important aspect of  accurate and effective US guided nerve blocks. Currently, available technologies provide insufficient accuracy to aid the medical professional and are typically dependent on specific ultrasound devices. This limits their use and adoption into the clinical workflow.

Solution

Avanos has developed Beacon, an active needle tip identification technology that addresses the shortcomings of current technologies. It features needle tip localization. A transducer located on the needle tip, receives the incoming US signal, distinguishes it from background using a specialized algorithm and amplifies the return signal in real time. This results in the tip lighting up like a beacon in the US image. The Beacon technology has the potential to increase efficiency and effectiveness of procedures while providing greater consistency, confidence and cost savings with nerve blocks and other US guided needle based interventions.

Status

The current prototype has demonstrated its effectiveness in a relevant environment. The next steps are in human trials and the subsequent clinical validation and certification of the device. In parallel, the use of this technology for other US guided needle based applications can further be explored.

Meet the team

Ilker

Ilker Soydan

CEO

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Pieter Wijffels

Venture Partner at NLC

Prior to joining NLC as a Venture Partner, Pieter spent 15 years at Philips, bringing innovation to life across the globe. He enjoys working in fast paced environments and supporting initiatives that truly improve the lives of people.

Milad

Milad Tannazi

Venture Developer at NLC

Pharmacist by training and with various entrepreneurial endeavours during his studies he acquired the skills to bring projects forward. Therefore, he is very eager to use these skills to bring technology, health and business together to drive change and innovation for the patient.