Some manufacturers provide ultrasound gel that has been dyed a color, such as blue or green. The gels manufactured by NEXT Medical Products are clear, colorless and non-staining. We believe a dye-free gel helps reduce the potential for skin irritation in sonographers and the patient population who are sensitive to dyes.
One of the comments you might hear from someone who has undergone an ultrasound procedure is that the gel feels cold on their skin. Ask an expectant mother about her experience with ultrasound gel and you will often hear that its coldness caused her to flinch.
Ultrasound technology has been called the “stethoscope of the future.”(1) The continuing development of smaller, more portable and lower cost ultrasound devices, has led to ultrasound becoming increasingly more common as a routine diagnostic tool at the point-of-care and patient bedside.
A quick search on Google will uncover a host of articles and blog posts about common household items that can serve as a substitute for ultrasound scanning gel. Hand sanitizer, baby oil, hand lotion and vegetable oil are some of the frequently mentioned alternatives, particularly for home fetal monitoring. While these items may be handy when nothing else is available, a high quality ultrasound scanning gel remains the best protocol for diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound procedures.
Viscosity is defined as a measurement of a fluid’s resistance to flow.* Because ultrasound technology spans a variety of applications, scanning gels are offered in several viscosity options. Gels may be labeled as high, medium, low or light (LITE) viscosity.
During a diagnostic ultrasound procedure, the presence of air in the path of sound waves is undesirable. Air acts as a sound barrier resulting in poorer resolution of the image.1 When air pockets are present during an ultrasound procedure, sound waves can be blocked from passing into the body.2 Eliminating air between the transducer and the patient’s skin allows for better imaging.3
Clear Image® Gel is packaged in traditional 8 ounce bottles and 5 Liter containers. Clear Image Singles® Gel is packaged in individual, single unit dose packets of gel to help prevent cross-contamination. Both are available in high viscosity and medium (LITE) viscosity versions.