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
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
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