FAQ

1. What makes Injeq IQ-Tip® spinal needle unique?

Injeq IQ-Tip® spinal needle employs real-time bioimpedance spectroscopy for tissue detection and can tell the user when the needle tip reaches cerebrospinal fluid. Lumbar punctures performed with a conventional spinal needle can be supported by ultrasound image guiding to find the most convenient location and direction for the puncture. This however, may need more hands than easily available during a lumbar puncture procedure. Injeq IQ-Tip® spinal needle offers an easy-to-handle and safe way to assist the physician to optimal performance in challenging lumbar punctures.

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2. Where and how (and when) can I buy the Injeq IQ-Tip® spinal needle?

Injeq IQ-Tip® spinal needle is scheduled to be on the market in 2021. Please contact info@injeq.com and we will guide you to your local distributor.

3. Can Injeq IQ-Tip® system be used for other than neonatal and pediatric lumbar punctures?

Yes, Injeq IQ-Tip® system may be used to any patient to whom a lumbar puncture with a 22G spinal needle is medically indicated. Injeq IQ-Tip® system has been found feasible and safe in clinical studies in adult, pediatric and neonatal patient populations.

4. What is the smallest size of the needle for neonatal lumbar punctures?

All Injeq IQ-Tip® spinal needles are size 22G (outer diameter 0,7mm) but the shortest needle, convenient for neonates, is 41 mm long.

5. What are the main benefits Injeq IQ-Tip® system can offer to my clinical work?

Injeq IQ-Tip system is easy-to-use and it alerts you with an audiovisual alarm when the tip of the spinal needle reaches the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the subarachnoid space. You can then stop advancing the needle and remove the stylet for checking the CSF flow.  The use of IQ-Tip system is associated with a high first puncture success rate as well as a low incidence of traumatic punctures and post-dural puncture headache (PDPH).

6. Is it possible to do scientific collaboration with Injeq?

Yes, Injeq is interested in conducting both methodological and clinical studies with its products. Injeq has strong and long expertise on its topic and has tight links to Tampere University. Injeq has also conducted several clinical studies with several Finnish university hospitals. Please contact CSO Harri Sievänen, ScD (Biomed. Eng.), harri.sievanen@injeq.com for further information.

7. Does Injeq IQ-Tip® system collect sensitive patient and health information?

No, data safety and protection are not an issue with Injeq IQ-Tip® system. For research purposes, the system may be activated to collect only bioimpedance information and it is impossible to identify the patient from the collected data.