Tracked ultrasonography snapshots enhance needle guidance for percutaneous renal access: A pilot study

Tamas Ungi, Darren Beiko, Michael Fuoco, Franklin King, Matthew S. Holden, Gabor Fichtinger, D. Robert Siemens

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Background and Purpose: Although ultrasonography-guided percutaneous nephrostomy is relatively safe, a number of factors make it challenging for inexperienced operators. A computerized needle navigation technique using tracked ultrasonography snapshots was investigated to determine whether performance of percutaneous nephrostomy by inexperienced users could be improved. Methods: Ten operators performed the procedure on a phantom model with alternating needle guidance between conventional ultrasonography and tracked ultrasonography snapshots. The needle was reinserted until fluid backflow confirmed calyceal access. Needle trajectories were recorded using the real time needle navigation system for offline evaluation of operator performance. Recorded needle trajectories were used to measure needle motion path length inside the phantom tissue, number of reinsertions, total procedure time, and needle insertion time as end points of this study. Results: Needle path length measured inside the phantom tissue was significantly lower with ultrasonography snapshots guidance (295.0±23.1 mm, average±standard error of the mean) compared with control procedures (977.9±144.4 mm, P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1040-1045
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Endourology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Medicine(all)


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