Enhanced Needle Visualization for Breast Localizations Under Ultrasound Guidance

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from STS Biopolymers, Inc.

    HENRIETTA, N.Y., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- STS Biopolymers, Inc., a
 developer and manufacturer of medical device coatings and products, announces
 the expansion of their ECHO-COAT(R) product line to include echogenic
 ultrasound needles for use in breast localization.
     The patented ECHO-COAT(R) ultrasound coating maximizes the advantages of
 ultrasound, a popular method for performing preoperative wire localization on
 non-palpable breast lesions, while overcoming the contrast resolution
 limitation for medical devices.
     The entire ECHO-COAT(R) Ultrasound Needle shaft can be seen under
 ultrasound when positioned at virtually any angle. This increased
 visualization can enable a more direct path to the lesion, resulting in
 reduced procedure time and patient discomfort. "The needle does clearly
 decrease the time needed to complete the procedure as it is obviously apparent
 on the ultrasound examination, " states Dr. Richard DeJounett of Koolau
 Radiology "It also greatly facilitates accuracy as there is no question about
 the position of the needle itself."
     This unique coating, which can be applied to any device surface, entraps
 bubbles of air in microcavities on the surface of a thin, smooth,
 biocompatible, adherent polymeric film. This echogenic surface provides
 substantially increased acoustical scattering and, when applied to the entire
 length of the needle shaft, can provide significantly brighter ultrasound
 image of the device at virtually any angle.
     In addition to breast localization needles, STS Biopolymers sells through
 distribution a line of ECHO-COAT(R) aspiration needles. ECHO-COAT(R) polymer
 coating and all STS Biopolymers coatings are available for medical devices
 under license from STS Biopolymers (http://www.stsbiopolymers.com).
 
     ECHO-COAT(R) is an U.S. registered trademark of STS Biopolymers, Inc.
 
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SOURCE STS Biopolymers, Inc.
    HENRIETTA, N.Y., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- STS Biopolymers, Inc., a
 developer and manufacturer of medical device coatings and products, announces
 the expansion of their ECHO-COAT(R) product line to include echogenic
 ultrasound needles for use in breast localization.
     The patented ECHO-COAT(R) ultrasound coating maximizes the advantages of
 ultrasound, a popular method for performing preoperative wire localization on
 non-palpable breast lesions, while overcoming the contrast resolution
 limitation for medical devices.
     The entire ECHO-COAT(R) Ultrasound Needle shaft can be seen under
 ultrasound when positioned at virtually any angle. This increased
 visualization can enable a more direct path to the lesion, resulting in
 reduced procedure time and patient discomfort. "The needle does clearly
 decrease the time needed to complete the procedure as it is obviously apparent
 on the ultrasound examination, " states Dr. Richard DeJounett of Koolau
 Radiology "It also greatly facilitates accuracy as there is no question about
 the position of the needle itself."
     This unique coating, which can be applied to any device surface, entraps
 bubbles of air in microcavities on the surface of a thin, smooth,
 biocompatible, adherent polymeric film. This echogenic surface provides
 substantially increased acoustical scattering and, when applied to the entire
 length of the needle shaft, can provide significantly brighter ultrasound
 image of the device at virtually any angle.
     In addition to breast localization needles, STS Biopolymers sells through
 distribution a line of ECHO-COAT(R) aspiration needles. ECHO-COAT(R) polymer
 coating and all STS Biopolymers coatings are available for medical devices
 under license from STS Biopolymers (http://www.stsbiopolymers.com).
 
     ECHO-COAT(R) is an U.S. registered trademark of STS Biopolymers, Inc.
 
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