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EchoComTEE – a simulator for transoesophageal echocardiography

EchoComTEE – a simulator for transoesophageal echocardiography Summary Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) requires extensive hands‐on training, and it is for this purpose we have designed EchoComTEE, a simulator for TOE. It consists of a manikin and dummy probe; according to the position of the dummy probe (tracked by an electromagnetic sensor), two‐dimensional (2D) images are calculated from three‐dimensional (3D) data sets. Echocardiographic images are presented side‐by‐side with a virtual scene consisting of a 3D heart, probe tip and image plane. In this way the trainee is provided with visual feed‐back of the relationship between echocardiogram and image plane position. We evaluated the simulator using a standardised questionnaire. Twenty‐five experts and 31 novice users participated in the study. Most experts graded the simulator as realistic and all recommended its use for training. Most novice users felt the simulator supported spatial orientation during TOE and, as anaesthetists often do not have training in transthoracic echocardiography, in this group the TOE simulator might be particularly useful. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anaesthesia Wiley

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0003-2409
eISSN
1365-2044
DOI
10.1111/j.1365-2044.2007.04978.x
pmid
17381570
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Abstract

Summary Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) requires extensive hands‐on training, and it is for this purpose we have designed EchoComTEE, a simulator for TOE. It consists of a manikin and dummy probe; according to the position of the dummy probe (tracked by an electromagnetic sensor), two‐dimensional (2D) images are calculated from three‐dimensional (3D) data sets. Echocardiographic images are presented side‐by‐side with a virtual scene consisting of a 3D heart, probe tip and image plane. In this way the trainee is provided with visual feed‐back of the relationship between echocardiogram and image plane position. We evaluated the simulator using a standardised questionnaire. Twenty‐five experts and 31 novice users participated in the study. Most experts graded the simulator as realistic and all recommended its use for training. Most novice users felt the simulator supported spatial orientation during TOE and, as anaesthetists often do not have training in transthoracic echocardiography, in this group the TOE simulator might be particularly useful.

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AnaesthesiaWiley

Published: Apr 1, 2007

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