An ultrasound probe sheathing device : design, development, and evaluation
Author(s)Hernley, Lauren R. (Lauren Renee)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
David R. Wallace.
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During interventional ultrasound-guided procedures, sterility is maintained by covering the ultrasound transducer head and cord with a sterile sheath. The current sheathing technique is cumbersome, requires an assistant to complete, and poses a risk of tangling the probe cord and breaching the sterile barrier. This paper presents the design, development, and evaluation of a probe holder and cartridge-style, single-use applicator that returns high quality ultrasound images and sheaths ultrasound transducers 35% faster than the current technique with a decreased risk of breaking sterility. When tested by medical professionals, all participants preferred the new device to the existing probe sheathing method.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2013.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 91-92).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology