Our Chicago personal injury lawyers were concerned to read a recent report by MSNBC detailing the fact that federal law enforcement officials seized several lots of ultrasound gel from an American-based company after the product tested positive for bacterial contamination.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement asserting that the ultrasound gel, used to enhance ultrasound medical images, tested positive for two strains of dangerous bacteria and posed a risk to patients.
Diagnostic ultrasonography, or ultrasound imaging is a sound-pressure waved-based diagnostic technique used to allow visualization of internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, organs, and, in cases of pregnancy, to see a child in its mother’s womb. Materials on the face of an extension of the ultrasound machine enable the sound waves to be transmitted efficiently into the body. A water-based gel known commonly as ultrasound gel, is placed between the patient’s skin and the probe. The sound waves are reflected differently as they strike objects of different distances and densities. These patterns are then transformed into a digital image.