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AxoTrack wins the Popular Science 2012 "Best of What's New Award" for medical innovation

GREENVILLE, SC – (November 14, 2012) – The editors of Popular Science magazine have named AxoTrack needle visualization technology one of the world's best innovations for 2012. The article appears in the December 2012 issue of the magazine, which arrives on newsstands this week.

"AxoTrack represents a major advancement in medical technology and patient safety, and we are excited to be honored by Popular Science for this innovation that is designed to make healthcare safer, simpler and more cost effective," said Dexter Hagy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Soma Management, Inc. "After more than eight years of research and development, this award from Popular Science caps an extraordinarily successful launch year for AxoTrack as it becomes commercially available in 2013."

AxoTrack is a revolutionary technology that combines traditional ultrasound imaging with advanced magnetics to provide clinicians with real-time updates of needle position that can be visualized as the needle travels through tissue to its intended target. AxoTrack improves the safety and accuracy of a variety of needle-guided procedures including central venous access, biopsy, nerve block, cyst aspiration, arthrocentesis, thoracentesis and paracentesis.

"For 25 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us – those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what's possible in the future," said Jacob Ward, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. "The Best of What's New Award is the magazine's top honor, and the 100 winners – chosen from among thousands of entrants – each a revolution in its field."

Invented by Stephen F. Ridley, MD, an emergency physician, AxoTrack was originally designed to improve the safety and accuracy of placing central venous catheters (CVCs) by providing clinicians with specific, real-time knowledge of the needle location throughout the entire procedure. Today, this patented technology is being applied to a broad range of needle-guided procedures to improve needle accuracy and patient safety.

Soma Access Systems LLC recently announced a partnership with SonoSite, a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation and the world leader and specialist in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound, to bring AxoTrack needle visualization technology to market on SonoSite ultrasound systems in 2013.

For more information regarding AxoTrack technology, including videos and images, visit

About Soma Access Systems LLC

Soma Access Systems LLC was co-founded by Stephen F. Ridley, MD and M. Dexter Hagy in 2004 as a medical technology company that develops innovative devices to solve real-world medical problems while making healthcare safer, simpler and more cost effective. Visit for more information about Soma Access Systems LLC and AxoTrack.


For more information contact:

Caralyn Hagy, Soma Access Systems
Director of Marketing