The problem of displacement of ultrasonic probes during echocardiography is well known to all cardiologists, but only rudimentary tools have sought to solve it. The challenge arises because during the surgery it is not possible to completely anesthetize the patient’s esophagus during anesthesia. The muscles in the esophagus will therefore automatically continue to work, which means that the ultrasound sample is in constant motion. This constant movement complicates both the acquisition of the images, as well as deteriorates their quality.
In practice, the cardiologist today is therefore forced to pause the procedure to reposition the sample when it has shifted, which is often several times during an operation. Therefore, the cardiologist in principle needs three hands, in order to solve the task adequately:
When the sample needs to be repositioned, the cardiologist is forced to take a bad working position, as it has a negative impact on the clinical, by creating stress and an unsatisfactory working environment. The many interruptions also lead to prolonged surgeries in which patients are in anesthesia for an unnecessary length of time, which is associated with more complications.
EchoVice solves this challenge by acting as the cardiologist’s third hand during surgery, thereby preventing the deplacement of ultrasound samples during cardiac procedures and cardiological examinations. This minimizes the number of interruptions and improves the ergonomics of the cardiologist. The result is an improvement in the quality of the echocardiographic images, as well as better conditions for the patient and the cardiologist during surgery. Like the overall operating time and anesthesia time are shortened, which reduces the risks for the patient during the operation and limits the frustration of the staff.
EchoVice is the only device that allows ultrasonic probes to rotate around their own axis while they are fixed. This aspect of the equipment is being patented. In addition, EchoVice is the only solution that is controlled electronically, thereby allowing the cardiologist to use the equipment from his normal working position without having to interrupt his work.
This is achieved by placing EchoVice in the patient’s mouthpiece, where it prevents the propane from shifting during heart valve interventions and cardiological examinations. EchoVice holds the ultrasound sample in the desired position, while it can still be rotated freely by the cardiologist when necessary. The device is controlled from the ultrasound sample handle.
This also allows for easy maintenance and upgrades, as faulty or outdated modules can be easily replaced or updated without affecting the operation of the entire system.
The product is designed to be easy to use and without the need for complex instructions.
This ensures that the ultrasound sample remains stable throughout the procedure, which is crucial to obtaining clear and reliable ultrasonic images.
This gives the operator the flexibility to change the direction or angle of the probe while remaining in contact with the patient. This feature is valuable in medical imaging as it gives doctors and technicians control over the quality and content of the images by changing the direction of the probe to focus on specific areas of interest.
This custom-made device ensures a comfortable and precise fit, which is essential for many medical procedures where precision and comfort are critical to patient safety and treatment outcomes.
Q1: Project Starting2021
Q1: DK patent applied. Preflight Odense startup
Q2: EchoVice Aps established. Legate from Møllers fond
Q3: Legat from Mikrolegat
Q4: Legat from Beta Health. Luggage from Alexander Foss' industrial foundation2022
Q2: Pre-clinical study. Safety study and stability
Q3: Danish patent2023
Q2: International patent2024
Q2: CE marking