Cook Announces Device to Diagnose Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

August 6, 2007

Cook Medical announced the availability of the Goldstein SonoBiopsy Catheter for diagnosing the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding. The device is the first of its kind, according to the company.

The Goldstein SonoBiopsy Catheter is unique in that it combines saline infusion sonohysterography and biopsy functionality in a single device, Cook said. In addition, it eliminates the need for additional instruments and reduces the incidence for multiple procedures, the firm said.

The catheter allows physicians to fill the uterus with saline solution, enabling “better echo-resonance of the uterine cavity during an ultrasound,” Cook said. The catheter’s acorn-shaped stopper keeps the fluid inside the uterus and prevents it from draining, allowing “superior” uterine imaging during the procedure, it added. If the physician determines that an endometrial biopsy is required, the Goldstein SonoBiopsy Catheter also allows the physician to apply suction to the catheter to aspirate an appropriate tissue sample for evaluation.