Bone Access System

A bone access system proposed by Actuated Medical, of Bellefonte, Pa., aims to reduce patient discomfort, improve the success rate for first-attempt samples, reduce clinician fatigue, and shorten procedure times for bone biopsy and bone marrow aspiration procedures. Physicians performing these procedures on children currently face multiple challenges. This patient population requires deep sedation or anesthesia to tolerate bone access procedures. Children also have small, curved bones, which increase the risk of needle slippage and damage to surrounding tissue. The lack of CT or other image guidance during pediatric bone access increases the difficulty of maintaining the desired needle trajectory, which results in failed access and repeated insertions, as well as increased post-operative pain and risk of infection. This new device under development will reduce insertion force and needle slippage, allowing for faster and more reliable bone penetration.