Ultrasonic devices disperse less energy in the tissues. The new Harmonic Focus+ (HF+) seems to be more efficient but thermal damages have been reported. This study examined the temperature and the emissivity profile of the active and passive blades of the HF+, on a pig tissue model at different power settings. The FLIR System B series thermal imaging camera has been used on various biological pig tissues to evaluate the emissivity of the ultrasonic device. The active blade heats up faster than the passive one and the increase in power increases the speed of the temperature raising only on the active blade. Increasing the power setting reduces the dissection time and the temperature of both blades. Active blade temperatures of <60°C are obtained with cutting times close to 5 seconds; with these cutting times, the inactive blade does not exceed 30°C. The HF+ emissivity profiles demonstrate that the behavior of the inactive blade is significantly different from the active one. To prevent thermal damages, keep the active blade toward the operator, do not exceed 5 seconds of activation, use the maximum power, and avoid the use of the instrument as a dissector immediately after its activation.

Safety Profile of the New Harmonic Focus: Different Emissivity and Temperature Behavior between the Active and the Inactive Blade

Latteri S.;Stella G.;Gueli A. M.;Mazzaglia S.;Palumbo V.;Guastella T.
2019

Abstract

Ultrasonic devices disperse less energy in the tissues. The new Harmonic Focus+ (HF+) seems to be more efficient but thermal damages have been reported. This study examined the temperature and the emissivity profile of the active and passive blades of the HF+, on a pig tissue model at different power settings. The FLIR System B series thermal imaging camera has been used on various biological pig tissues to evaluate the emissivity of the ultrasonic device. The active blade heats up faster than the passive one and the increase in power increases the speed of the temperature raising only on the active blade. Increasing the power setting reduces the dissection time and the temperature of both blades. Active blade temperatures of <60°C are obtained with cutting times close to 5 seconds; with these cutting times, the inactive blade does not exceed 30°C. The HF+ emissivity profiles demonstrate that the behavior of the inactive blade is significantly different from the active one. To prevent thermal damages, keep the active blade toward the operator, do not exceed 5 seconds of activation, use the maximum power, and avoid the use of the instrument as a dissector immediately after its activation.
emissivity; Harmonic Focus+; temperature profile; ultrasonic devices
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