A Novel Ultrasound Transmission Gel for Resource-Constrained Environments

J Spec Oper Med. 2017 Spring;17(1):22-25. doi: 10.55460/J84X-IT77.


Ultrasound represents an ideal diagnostic adjunct for medical personnel operating in austere environments, because of its increasing portability and expanding number of point-of-care applications. However, these machines cannot be used without a transmission medium that allows for propagation of ultrasound waves from transducer to patient. This article describes a novel ultrasound gel alternative that may be better suited for resource-constrained environments than standard ultrasound gel, without compromising image quality.

MeSH terms

  • Gels / chemical synthesis*
  • Health Resources
  • Humans
  • Mannans*
  • Military Medicine
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Ultrasonography / methods*
  • Water*


  • Gels
  • Mannans
  • Water
  • (1-6)-alpha-glucomannan