Fellows Leila PoSaw and Gene Chan attended the NYSORA (New York School of Regional Anesthesia) Winter Symposium held on December 17-18, 2011 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Broadway.
In addition to the expected excellent lectures and educational sessions, there was a new needle guidance system being demonstrated which may be of benefit to clinicians performing ultrasound-guided procedures.
The SonixGPS system by Ultrasonix uses a sensor in the ultrasound transducer and another in the needle to track the needle’s trajectory and tip placement. The system can work in any direction: in-plane or out-of-plane. Needle trajectory is displayed as a graphic on the main screen, and orientation with respect to the transducer is modeled in the lower right. The system promises the ability to plan out their trajectory before needle placement as well, thus facilitating decisions regarding optimal entry points.
Please note that no members of our ultrasound division have a financial relationship with Ultrasonix.
The annual Sinai PA Conference took place on 9/12/2009. The division of Emergency Ultrasound ran a course on peripheral line placement under ultrasound.
Attendees were enthusiastic and placed angiocaths under ultrasound guidance using our vessel phantoms. In fact, some were so eager that they were absolutely covered in gel by the end of the conference. Next year we will remember to bring towels.
In the evaluation and treatment of acute illness, seconds count. Focused bedside ultrasound has gained widespread use in emergency and critical care settings as an adjunct to physical examination and to aid in the performance of bedside procedures.
This course was designed with a critical care approach in mind, focusing on the utility of ultrasound in the evaluation of: