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Hospital Needle Pricks Easier with New Device
April 17, 2017
Scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Ben Gurion University have developed a prototype device designed to quickly and accurately locate a vein or artery in children and adults in need of a medical procedure. It uses ultrasound and a robotic arm.
FIND, or Fast Intelligent Needle Delivery, is the invention of the newly formed company, Xact Medical and an ongoing partnership with Ben Gurion.
He drew the concept on a napkin while in Israel and engineers from Ben Gurion took it from there.
Xact Medical CEO Andrew Cothrel got a look at the technology early on. “It was almost like playing a video game. You put the cross hairs where you want it, hit the green button and the needle goes where it’s supposed to go.”
The company will initially focus on “central line placements” in kids and adults. However it plans to expand into other areas like biopsies.
Cincinnati Children’s and CincyTech are initial investors in Xact Medical. The FIND system is awaiting FDA approval.
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