UVA Engineering alumni and co-founders of Rivanna Medical, Will Mauldin and Kevin Owen (Ph.D., BME 2010), have revolutionized the way anesthesiologists will implement epidurals with a new spine-finding device. They began developing ways to use ultrasound imaging to find the best entry points on the spinal column and to guide anesthetic needles. This work continued in UVA biomedical engineering Professor John Hossack’s lab, culminating in working hand-held ultrasound prototypes. With the support of the University and a grant from the Walter H. Coulter Foundation, they were eventually able to build Accuro, the world’s first ultrasound-based system that is designed specifically to aid in the application of spinal anesthesia using automated detection of the epidural location and depth.

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