ScanNav Anatomy PNB will help tip the balance of safety and confidence in favour of performing regional anaesthesia. Our aim is to make a real clinical difference to patients by increasing the availability of regional anaesthesia through cutting edge technology

Dr David Burckett-St.Laurent, Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Cornwall Hospitals, NHS Trust

ScanNav Anatomy uses the latest AI technology to automatically highlight the live ultrasound image and make it easier to identify key anatomical structures. It supports the performance of healthcare professionals who are suitably qualified, but who perform ultrasound-guided procedures on a less frequent basis. It also enhances the accuracy and standardisation of ultrasound image interpretation by making it easier to identify key anatomical structures.

ScanNav Anatomy Peripheral Nerve Block

Ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks are increasingly being used as a prudent alternative to general anesthesia, but not all anesthetists have the specialist knowledge of ultrasound anatomy to perform them.

Available in the UK as a stand-alone device mounted on a portable cart that can be plugged into existing anesthesiology ultrasound machines, ScanNav Anatomy Peripheral Nerve Block (“ScanNav PNB”) supports nine common peripheral nerve blocks. Clinicians get continuous feedback from real-time highlighting of key anatomical structures relevant to the block on their live ultrasound. The system’s integrated reference material, including 3D animations relating the ultrasound view to the underlying anatomy, allows users to re-familiarize themselves with blocks that they carry out less frequently.

Through the adoption of ScanNav PNB, it is hoped that hospitals will be able to increase the number of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks that they can perform.

Supported Peripheral Nerve Block Procedures:

Interscalene, Superior Trunk, Supraclavicular, Axillary, Erector Spinae Plane, Rectus Sheath, Suprainguinal Fascia Iliaca, Adductor Canal / Sub-sartorial femoral triangle and Popliteal.

World-Class AI Technology

ScanNav PNB uses the latest AI technology for live highlighting of sonoanatomical structures relevant to each peripheral nerve block procedure and supports 9 high-value basic ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia procedures.


Highlighting can be adjusted or shown in split-screen mode depending on the level of support required.


ScanNav PNB comes pre-installed onto an easily portable touchscreen monitor and links to your usual ultrasound machine using the HDMI or DVI output port.

Medically Approved

ScanNav PNB is a CE-marked medical device to support clinicians both in the clinic and in training.


On-screen, 3D animated block specific training materials are provided and can be viewed separately or alongside the live image scan.

Easily Cleaned

Can be cleaned with medical grade disinfectants and touchscreen can be operated while wearing gloves.

Currently only available to buy in the UK. Outside the UK and Europe, this material should be considered informational only and does not constitute an offer to sell or infer claims or benefits. ScanNav Anatomy has been submitted for FDA regulatory approval and as such is not available for sale in the US or any other territory requiring government approval for this type of product.

Clinical papers for reference
1. Bowness J, El-Boghdadly K, Burckett-St Laurent D. Artificial intelligence for image interpretation in ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia. Anaesthesia. 2020 Jul 29. doi: 10.1111/anae.15212. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32726498.
2. Turbitt LR, Mariano ER, El-Boghdadly K. Future directions in regional anaesthesia: not just for the cognoscenti. Anaesthesia. 2020 Mar;75(3):293-297. doi: 10.1111/anae.14768. Epub 2019 Jul 3. PMID: 31268173.
3. Bowness J, Varsou O, Turbitt L, Burckett-St Laurent D. (2021). Identifying anatomical structures on ultrasound: assistive artificial intelligence in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. Clinical Anatomy, 1–8.

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