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Volume 5, issue 1
Mech. Sci., 5, 7-13, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/ms-5-7-2014
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Special issue: Design of medical devices: creative solutions by young...

Mech. Sci., 5, 7-13, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/ms-5-7-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Guest editorial 15 Jan 2014

Guest editorial | 15 Jan 2014

Design, prototyping, and evaluation of a collapsible device for single-operator sheathing of ultrasound probes

S. A. Lopez1, L. R. Hernley1, E. N. Bearrick1, L. M. Tanenbaum2, M. A. C. Thomas1, T. A. Toussaint1, J. J. Romano3, N. C. Hanumara1, and A. H. Slocum1 S. A. Lopez et al.
  • 1Mechanical Engineering Dept., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • 2Health Sciences and Technology Dept., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • 3Hospital Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

Abstract. During interventional ultrasound-guided procedures, sterility is maintained by covering the transducer head and cord with a sterile sheath. The current sheathing technique is cumbersome, requires an assistant to complete, and poses a risk of tangling the probe cord and breaching the sterile barrier. This paper presents the design, proof-of-concept prototyping, and evaluation of a probe holder and cartridge-style, single-use applicator that enables faster, more reliable, single-user sheathing of ultrasound probes, with a decreased risk of compromising sterility.

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