CIRS Adds New Layer to Biopsy Training Line


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CIRS introduces Z-SkinTM, a skin-like membrane for added durability on biopsy training phantoms 

Jan 27, 2014 (Norfolk, Va.) In an effort to increase the durability of their image-guided biopsy training phantoms, CIRS has developed a new skin-like membrane called Z-Skin™, which provides extra protection from desiccation following needle punctures and simulates the look and feel of skin during ultrasound-guided biopsy.

Image-guided biopsy training phantoms provide important hands-on experience for radiologists.  However, as air is often introduced into phantoms during biopsy training, echoic needle tracking and desiccation can reduce phantom utility. According to CIRS, Z-Skin helps minimize desiccation by adding a new layer of defense to CIRS phantoms’ already robust design.

To eliminate the issue of needle tracking within the phantom, Z-Skin was released in conjunction with the phantom manufacturer’s recently reformulated Zerdine®. Zerdine, the patented solid-elastic, tissue-mimicking material used in CIRS’ line of biopsy-training phantoms, now boasts minimized needle tracking and improved durability thanks to its new self-healing design.

CIRS believes the combination of these developments will significantly increase their phantoms durability and provide better value to their customers.

Products constructed of Z-Skin and the newest Zerdine formulation include the Image-Guided Abdominal Biopsy Phantom (Model 071A), Triple Modality 3D Abdominal Phantom (Model 057A), and Multi-Modality Breast Biopsy and Sonographic Trainer (Model 073).

For CIRS’ complete lineup of biopsy training phantoms, visit

Z-Skin is a Trademark of CIRS
Zerdine is a Registered Trademark of CIRS


About CIRS

CIRS, a Castleray company, is recognized worldwide for tissue simulation technology and is the leader in the manufacture of phantoms and simulators for quantitative densitometry, calibration, quality control and research in the field of medical imaging and radiotherapy. CIRS is headquartered in Norfolk, VA (USA) and distributes products worldwide.

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