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Cornstarch gel found to be an attractive alternative for ultrasound use

Emergency Medicine Journal has performed a study in the use of cornstarch-based gel in comparison to commercial gel used in ultrasound.

Emergency Medicine Journal includes a study of cornstarch-based gel in comparison to commercial gel used in ultrasound

Ultrasound images produced using cornstarch-based gel are of similar quality to those using commercial gel, according to a study in Emergency Medicine Journal.

Point-of-care ultrasound is a portable, relatively low-cost imaging modality with great potential utility in low-resource settings. However, commercially produced ultrasound gel is often cost-prohibitive and unavailable, the authors say.

The study investigated whether images obtained using an alternative cornstarch-based gel would be of comparable quality with those using commercial gel.

It used a blinded, randomised, cross-over study comparing commercially-produced ultrasound gel with home-made cornstarch-based gel.

Ultrasound-trained faculty obtained three video clips with each gel type from patients at one urban emergency department. The clips were evaluated by a radiologist and an ultrasound-trained emergency physician.

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