Urology, diagnostic imaging  

B-K Medical introduces prostate transducer with two ultrasound functions

13 March 2007

Copenhagen, Denmark. A new transrectal prostate transducer from B-K Medical combines the functionality of simultaneous biplane and endfire transducers in one. It enables urologists to examine any prostate in any plane with control and ease.

B-K Medical is a wholly owned subsidiary of Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ:ALOG).

The 8818 transducer provides unprecedented image quality and usability for prostate ultrasound examinations and biopsies, and includes a unique dual-biopsy guide that facilitates biopsies in all sections of the prostate.

By performing two techniques with a single transducer, urologists now need choose only one solution to biopsy all sections of the prostate. They can carry out their chosen biopsy scheme with the best possible precision, enabling them to make a more informed diagnosis. With the dual-biopsy guide that contains needle channels for both simultaneous biplane and endfire imaging, urologists can perform all their biopsies with only one guide and one-time insertion of the probe into the patient.

The technique provides real-time simultaneous images of the prostate in both the sagittal and transverse planes. By seeing the prostate and biopsy needle in both planes at one time, users get superb direction to correctly target the intended sections and carry out their biopsy scheme precisely. It is especially useful for taking biopsies in the extreme lateral sections of the prostate.

Endfire imaging provides the ideal view when taking biopsies in the apex of the prostate. The design of the endfire biopsy channel ensures the shortest distance to the apex, thereby helping users to avoid accidentally piercing surrounding tissue.

Michael Brock, President, B-K Medical, says, “Doctors save time and effort by using this single transducer to see all sections of the prostate in all planes. They’ll get images that are excellent in detail and resolution, allowing them to see more lesions. The images may be converted to 3-D, archived, and shared in a variety of ways to complement physicians’ workflows.”

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