Pediatric PUMA-G

CoapTech, Inc. of Baltimore, MD is developing the Pediatric PUMA-G, which is expected to provide a safer way to place feeding tubes for children. Gastrostomy tubes (G-tubes) provide a path for nutrition delivery directly into the stomach, bypassing the mouth and esophagus, for patients who have difficulty swallowing. Traditional technology used in these procedures cannot “see through” tissue, and G-tube malposition causes acute harm and other complications. The alternative fluoroscopic approach requires the use of ionizing radiation, which presents serious long-term risk of cancer. The use of ultrasound imaging is expected to make the Pediatric PUMA-G safer, timelier, and less costly than conventional G-tube placement methods used in children.