The coating consists of a polymeric matrix and a bubbling agent. The novel preparation and deposition techniques have been developed to produce a coating with the desired properties.
The coated needles have been used successfully for in-vitro trials using a tissue-mimicking phantom.
It is expected that the patented new coating technology will have a significant impact on the success of ultrasound-guided biopsy procedures.
This work has been funded jointly by BTG and the Department of Health through a MedLINK grant.
Companies interested in developing this new coating should contact Ewen Kellar in the Advanced Materials and Processes Department. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org