Recall of Device Recall CIVCO General Purpose Sensor

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Civco Medical Instruments Inc.

What is this?

A correction or removal action taken by a manufacturer to address a problem with a medical device. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

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  • Type of Event
  • Event ID
  • Event Risk Class
    Class 2
  • Event Number
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Date Posted
  • Event Status
  • Event Country
  • Event Terminated Date
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    U.S. data is current through June 2018. All of the data comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, except for the category Manufacturer Parent Company.
    The Parent Company was added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records.
  • Extra notes in the data
    System, imaging, pulsed echo, ultrasonic - Product Code IYO
  • Reason
    The general purpose electromagnetic sensor was incorrectly calibrated causing potential variability in the projected position of the needle path with the ultrasound device.
  • Action
    CIVCO sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall letter dated May 3, 2012, to all affected customers. The letter identified the product, the problem, and the action to be taken by the customer. Customers were asked to return all general purpose sensors as the product may not function as intended. To return the affected product customers should contact the OEM Sales Coordinator at 319-248-6521 to schedule the return of their device. Upon receipt of the snesor, CIVCO will arrange for recalibration. Once recalibration is completed, the sensor will be returned to the customer at no charge. Customers were asked to forward this communication to all their customers who purchased the affected product. Once CIVCO has received the customer list, they will contact the end-user to request they return their general purpose sensor directly to CIVCO for recalibration. For questions customers should call 800-441-6741. For questions regarding this recall call 319-656-4447.


  • Model / Serial
    Lot number M713910
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution - USA including WI, CA, MA, IN, WA, and NJ. Foreign distribution was made to Germany, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Japan, Italy, Korea, and France.
  • Product Description
    CIVCO General Purpose Sensor, Non-sterile reusable general purpose electromagnetic sensor, for use with 3D Guidance medSAFE trackers, Ref. 610-1067. The firm name on the label is CIVCO, Kalona, IA. The kit contains sensor component part number 410-240. || The general purpose sensor within the kit is intended to provide physicians with tools for electromagnetic tracking of instruments with respect to image data. The sensors are designed to attach to custom reusable tracking bracket for leading transducers and other medical devices
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Civco Medical Instruments Inc, 102 1st St S, Kalona IA 52247-9589
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Source