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Anaesth Intensive Care. 2007 Aug;35(4):582-6.

Investigation of a new echogenic needle for use with ultrasound peripheral nerve blocks.

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  • 1Department of Anaesthesia, St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


A new 'texturing method' has been developed for nerve block needles in an attempt to improve the ultrasonic image of the needles. Using a synthetic phantom, these textured needles were compared to currently available needles. The textured needle had improved visibility under ultrasound. This type of needle may assist the anaesthetist perform ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia.

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