RIVANNA® announced the first semester of the Teach-Accuro CRNA Educators Project, which offers world-first, imaging-based medical solutions. The new initiative will provide free Accuro® spinal navigation systems to CRNA training programs considering integrating Accuro image-guided neuraxial techniques into their curriculum. An online education module covering neuraxial anesthesia and neuraxial ultrasound is available, as well as the Accuro and related consumables.

Richard Flowers DNP, CRNA, CHSE, at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, commented, “Teach-Accuro is providing CRNA educators like myself a novel way to introduce image guidance as part of our neuraxial ultrasound curriculum. Practicing with an AI-enabled training solution like Accuro will heighten learning and facilitate increased awareness and adoption of vital imaging modalities. I anticipate this program will have a positive effect, not only on improving the scanning skills of these clinicians but on patient outcomes as well.”

Accuro is the first ultrasound-based system specifically designed for neuraxial anesthesia, featuring Multi-Frequency BoneEnhance® Image Reconstruction and SpineNav3DTM AI-powered Image Recognition. A Curo world-first technology enables providers to achieve better localization of the desired intervertebral space for the first time during spinal needle guidance procedures. Accuro’s benefits and safety benefits are demonstrated in clinical trials and in ongoing research.

The use of pre-procedural ultrasound-guided neuraxial anesthesia can be an effective way to improve scanning skills and increase the frequency with which they are used before performing spinal or epidural procedures. Researchers examined the use of ultrasound imaging for teaching epidural anesthesia in obstetrics in a study published in the Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia. The rate of success was higher during the first 60 attempts compared to conventional teaching.