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Acupuncture : Evaluating the biomechanical effects of needle manipulation on tissue


Acupuncture is a method for the treatment of acute and chronic disorders. Ultrasound scanning has become a valuable tool for studies of acupuncture’s mechanism of action.

Which ultrasound scanner is used for Accupuncture?

Our Doctor clients use the SIFULTRAS-3.5 as it constitutes an ideal medium for evaluating the biomechanical effects of needle manipulation on tissue. Ultrasound has the unique advantage of yielding both images of tissue morphology and biomechanical information.

Inserting the acupuncture needle under the ultrasound visualization allows identification of anatomical details, eg: tissue layers penetrated by the needle.

The SIFULTRAS-3.5 also measures tissue to control needle-insertion depth. With ultrasound imaging, the perimuscular fascia is visible as an echogenic line separating two tissues of different echogenicity and compressibility (subcutaneous tissue vs. muscle).

 “Precision of acupuncture placement is improved by diagnostic ultrasound guidance. The utilization of diagnostic ultrasound prior to needling in anatomically challenging areas may contribute to patient safety. The visualization of needle track anatomy may facilitate skill acquisition when training in acupuncture.”

Acupuncture is performed by: Acupuncturists.

References: Precision of acupuncture placement using diagnostic ultrasound, Using ultrasound to understand acupuncture

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Disclaimer: Although the information we provide is used by different doctors and medical staff to perform their procedures and clinical applications, the information contained in this article is for consideration only. SIFSOF is not responsible neither for the misuse of the device nor for the wrong or random generalizability of the device in all clinical applications or procedures mentioned in our articles. Users must have the proper training and skills to perform the procedure with each ultrasound scanner device.

The products mentioned in this article are only for sale to medical staff (doctors, nurses, certified practitioners, etc.) or to private users assisted by or under the supervision of a medical professional.  

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