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Simeon J West, Jean-Martial Mari, Azalea Khan, Jordan H Y Wan, Wenjie Zhu, Ioannis G Koutsakos, Matthew Rowe, Damon Kamming, Adrien E Desjardins
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: This report describes a method for producing anatomically detailed, low-cost ultrasound phantoms of the spine with 3-dimensional printing. An implementation that involves representing a portion of the lumbar spine and the ligamentum flavum with 2 different printing materials and the surrounding soft tissues with agar gel is presented. METHODS: A computed tomography image volume of a patient with normal spinal anatomy was segmented to isolate the spine...
September 2014: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Matthew W Lawrence, James Blanks, Ruben Ayala, Douglas Talk, Diana Macian, Jessie Glasser, Joel M Schofer
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine the hospital-wide incidence of bacterial contamination of point-of-care (bedside) ultrasound probes and coupling gel at a single academic medical center to predict the risk of nosocomial spread of infection. METHODS: Bacterial cultures were performed on all point-of-care ultrasound probe surfaces and associated gel bottles in our institution (82 total probes in 9 separate departments). This process was repeated every 2 weeks for a total of 8 weeks; therefore, each probe was cultured 4 times during the study period...
March 2014: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
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