Precio UroGuide ® - Assistive Device for Safe and Precision Percutaneous Access
Precio UroGuide ®
Assistive Device for Safe and Precision Percutaneous Access
A New Standard for Precision Interventional Procedures
State-of-the-art medical technology and device is the key to modern minimally-invasive surgical procedures and biopsies, demanding solutions that are safe, precise and reliable. The National University Hospital, National University of Singapore and Institute of Technical Education, have hence joined hands to invent a Precio UroGuide® (PUG®), which is the worlds first non-active Class I / Class A Sterile surgical device and procedure, for assisting surgeons in precision fluoroscopic, CT and ultrasound-based image-guided percutaneous accesses to stones, lesions and abscesses in deep organs such as kidney. PUG® can support many applications in intervention radiology and minimally-invasive surgeries, such as Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL), as well as complex biopsies that require precision needle targeting and access.
PUG® is consisted of a compliant plastic needle holder/clamp unit ntended for single use for each percutaneous access, and a reusable guidance controller that is ergonomically designed for the surgeons to remotely control the alignment of the needle external to the burn-field of the fluoroscope, ensuring safe, precise and accurate penetration.
This device solves the problem of needle puncture during minimally-invasive surgery and biopsy, that were traditionally being performed by surgeons with no tool or device but only their hands exposing under radiation from imaging device such as a fluoroscope. This new device/technology makes possible remote, systematic and precision adjustment, accurate aiming and targeting of needle during percutaneous access procedure using either the bi-planar or the bulls eye technique, giving surgeons more options and control during the procedures.
PUG®s Features and Strengths:
▪ Effective Systematic Precision
Systematic adjustments with multiple degree of freedom and accurate aiming procedure to simplify 3D alignment of the needle with precision.
▪ Reduced Exposure to Radiation
Needle being held by a compliant mechanism, allowing reliable remote adjustment by the surgeon from outside the X-ray burn-field.
▪ Intuitive + Touch and Feel
Intuitive to use while retaining the touch & feel of the insertion for the surgeon, ensuring full confidence on the puncture while surgeons make all the calls.
▪ Fast yet Safe
SOP that cuts short surgery time to in turn reduce X-ray radiation dosage and lower surgery cost.
Support both bi-plane and bulls eye techniques, providing surgeons with flexibility based on needs and preference.
▪ Shorter Learning Curve
Cut short learning curve to allow surgeons to pick up and get familiar with this difficult-to-master skill readily.
▪ Non-Robotic: Low Cost + Efficient
Non-robotic and passive, enabling easy and fast set up, reliable and safe to use, plus low per-surgery cost allowing its use in a broad spectrum of simple to complex and low to high value procedures.