Transthoracic Echocardiogram/Transesophageal Echocardiogram Training (TTE/TEE Training)
Our state of the art TTE and TEE Simulators offer top-notch training.
Custom designed ultrasound simulation software has resulted in freely interactive TEE image simulation with true to life control of the probe depth and flexion and rotation of the imaging plane.
The on-screen introduction of a virtual TEE probe generates simulated ultrasound images that are derived directly and continuously from the 3D model.
The TEE probe position is controlled by keyboard and mouse, with the standard flexion, rotation and angulation capabilities of a multiplane probe controlled by screen icons representing the familiar echo probe controls. The 3D model can be set to display the 'cut surface' at the level of the TEE ultrasound plane to further clarify the plane orientation.
Selection of a labelled structure in the 3D model will be accompanied by highlighting of that structure in the simulated TEE image and vice versa, so that the user can easily identify any intracardiac region. As with the core anatomy package, the arrangement of windows displaying the heart, the TEE image and descriptive text may be adjusted by the user. This mode allows students of TEE to visualise clearly the relationship between the 2D TEE image represented on the screen and the underlying 3D anatomy of the heart.
Real-time simulated TTE imaging of the virtual heart using a manikin. The life size manikin torso has soft skin with accurate, palpable anatomical landmarks to aid positioning of the handheld ultrasound probe.
The screen display allows the user to identify the position of the probe on the virtual chest as well as to see the orientation of the ultrasound plane.
The anatomy display includes a representation of the chest wall, ribs, sternum and spine as well as great vessels, lungs, pericardium, diaphragm and liver. These structures are displayed in the ultrasound view with realistic effects on cardiac imaging.
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