GE said that with the enhanced image quality of the LOGIQ E9, the new Volume Navigation needle tracking capability with its sensor tipped needle helps to overcome many of the traditional challenges of existing ultrasound needle guidance such as needle visualization and deflection, determining entry points and the avoidance of critical anatomy. This, in turn, can help increase the accuracy of procedures such as biopsies, ablations, drainage, fluid aspiration and general injections.

The LOGIQ E9’s advanced technology projects the path to the target, helping to plan the optimal angle and point of entry. During the procedure, the system displays the needle’s position in real-time graphics that are overlaid on the image of the scan plane. The trajectory can then be monitored as it progresses toward the target.

Brian McEathron, general manager of general imaging ultrasound at GE Healthcare, said: “LOGIQ E9’s advanced needle tracking can now help medical professionals utilize ultrasound during in-plane and challenging out-of-plane interventional procedures. This can reduce time, limit repeat procedures, improve outcomes and result in a better overall patient experience.”

Hisham Tchelepi, assistant professor of abdominal imaging and director of ultrasound at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, said: “The LOGIQ E9’s ability to visualize the path of the needle at any angle from starting point to end helps instill the clinician with confidence that he or she can successfully complete a procedure that they might not have attempted to start with other devices.”