Schools View Ultrasound Needle Innovation

Issued: Wed, 27 Nov 2019 13:42:45 GMT

Glasgow hosted the IEEE IUS 2019 conference in October, co-chaired by Ultrasurge's Prof Margaret Lucas and Prof Sandy Cochran. A public outreach event was held in the Glasgow Science Centre, with 600 local schoolchildren participating in a number of ultrasound related exhibits.

Ultrasound researchers talk about their exhibit with schoolchildren


Amongst them, Dr Rebecca Cleary, showed off the ultrasound actuated biopsy needle she has been developing with a local ENT surgeon. The Phacon head is used to train surgeons to operate on the skull without damaging crucial nerves. It was used to help develop a needle used in the correct way by a surgeon wanting to do a biopsy of the petrous apex, one of the hardest parts of the skull.

A photo of the petrous apex exhibit at an IUS 2019 public engagement event. On a table is a Phacon head used to train surgeons to carry out operations, the laptop that gives different viewing angles, and the ultrasound needle developed to do biopsy of the petrous apex.