Investigation of echogenic surface enhancements for improved needle visualization in ultrasonography: A PRISMA systematic review.

Caroline Harder Hovgesen, Jens E. Wilhjelm, Peter Vilmann

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    Abstract

    Background: Visualization of standard needles at steep angles in clinical Ultrasound (US) images is a problematic and important concern. This systematic review evaluates published studies that investigate echogenic needles and how surface enhancements can improve needle visualization. Method: A systematic search was performed in five databases: Cochrane Library, Embase (through Ovid), MEDLINE (through PubMed), Scopus, and Web of Science from inception to April 12th,
    2017. Each search was based on the search terms: ultrasound, needle, visualization, and comparison, with related synonyms and spelling matters. Results: 29 studies were identified and included in the qualitative synthesis. Conclusion: Overall, studies agree, that echogenic surface enhancements improve needle visualization in US images at steep angles regardless of target, applied US device and probe, operators, assessors, and methods of assessment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2017
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventDMTS Annual meeting - Vingsted, Denmark
    Duration: 10 Oct 201712 Oct 2017
    http://dmts.dk

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    ConferenceDMTS Annual meeting
    Country/TerritoryDenmark
    CityVingsted
    Period10/10/201712/10/2017
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