Exploring the uses of sterile and non-sterile ultrasound gel

Exploring the uses of sterile and non-sterile ultrasound gel

When selecting an ultrasound gel, it’s important to choose the right one for the job. Ultrasound gel is an essential medical device for use during ultrasound examinations, but often goes unnoticed in comparison to some of the bigger ticket items like an ultrasound machine.

Did you know that ultrasound gel can be sterile or non-sterile?

There’s a place for both in the world of ultrasound examinations, but it’s important to know the difference and when you should choose a sterile option, over a non-sterile option.

Our Vue Ultrasound Gel is available in a range of sterile, single-use and non-sterile formats.

Sterile ultrasound gel

Vue Ultrasound Gel is available in 20ml single-use sachets, ideal for use in a busy clinic or hospital. These sachets are easy to transport, conveniently sized for reducing waste and have a 5-year shelf life.

Vue Ultrasound Gel 20ml sachets are available single-wrapped or double-wrapped. The double-wrapped option are sterile inside and out, and designed for use during procedures that require an aseptic technique. The single-use sachet design aims to reduce the risk of patient to patient cross-contamination.

Public Health England has outlined that Sterile ultrasound gel must be used:

  • For invasive procedures, meaning any ultrasound-guided procedure.
  • Any viewing or assessment prior to performing an invasive procedure.
  • Where there is contact with non-intact skin.
  • Where there is contact with mucous membrane.
  • For examinations on immunocompromised, neonatal intensive care or critically ill hospitalised patients.

Non-sterile ultrasound gel

Non-sterile ultrasound gels are recommended for use during low risk external, general ultrasound examinations on intact skin.

We offer Vue Ultrasound Gel in a range of non-sterile sizes and formats.

Try our Vue Ultrasound range today!

Our Vue Ultrasound Gel range has been specifically formulated for use during ultrasound examinations, to offer the ideal viscosity and standoff. Vue Ultrasound gel is available in a range of sizes and formats:

  • 20ml single-use sachets
  • 250ml non-sterile bottles
  • 1L non-sterile bottles
  • 5L non-sterile cannisters

For more information about our Vue Ultrasound range, please contact your dedicated account manager or enquiries@optimummedical.co.uk.