Clear Guide Medical
software to create a cost effective ultrasound guidance device that enables more doctors to do more needle procedures in more places, faster
Clear Guide Medical uses computer vision in medicine to improve minimally invasive interventions. The company has two clinical products, the Clear Guide ONE which is FDA-cleared and guides needle-based procedures like cannulations, anesthesia, biopsy, and pain injections. The ONE allows all physicians to hit the target with one stick.
The Clear Guide Scenergy (FDA 510k submitted and pending) fuses CT and Ultrasound slices to improve the image clarity of ultrasound and to make CT slice visualization real-time. The ability to use ultrasound to guide biopsies and tumor ablations that are currently feasible only under CT-guidance (for example, Lung or Bone biopsies), reduces time in the CT-suite, patient radiation, and hospital costs.
Three disposables are a recurring revenue: the VisiMARKERs that make the Scenergy run, the PercepTIP needles that show the needle tip even when it is not visible by the ultrasound, and the SteriMASK, which provides a full-sterility cover for the Scenergy and the ONE when that is required.
Using computer vision in medicine creates a new, disruptive technology that makes big changes in image-guidance medicine. There are many new product combinations of imaging modalities (e.g. ultrasound and MRI, C-arm and ultrasound, real-time CT-scroller) that are easily created using Clear Guide's hardware platform. This modular approach (separating the hardware from the software) makes FDA submissions for future products easier, and may reduce the time for future product clearances.
Using computer software also makes modeling possible, so, for example, it may be possible to assist physicians doing lung biopsies by compensating for breathing motion, giving the physician a better shot at the target than CT alone. With the Clear Guide hardware platform (the optical head) and computer algorithms, the huge medical imaging market can be reached.
These same computer vision algorithms can also be licensed to robotic surgery firms, and thus the know how and IP that Clear Guide has developed is applicable in other markets as well.