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The use of computerised simulators for training of transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography. The future of echocardiographic training?

Platts, David, Humphries, Julie, Burstow, Darryl J., Anderson, Bonita, Forshaw, Tony, & Scalia, Gregory (2012) The use of computerised simulators for training of transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography. The future of echocardiographic training? Heart Lung and Circulation, 21(5), pp. 267-274.

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Abstract

Echocardiography is the commonest form of non-invasive cardiac imaging and is fundamental to patient management. However, due to its methodology, it is also operator dependent. There are well defined pathways in training and ongoing accreditation to achieve and maintain competency. To satisfy these requirements, significant time has to be dedicated to scanning patients, often in the time pressured clinical environment. Alternative, computer based training methods are being considered to augment echocardiographic training. Numerous advances in technology have resulted in the development of interactive programmes and simulators to teach trainees the skills to perform particular procedures, including transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography. 82 sonographers and TOE proceduralists utilised an echocardiographic simulator and assessed its utility using defined criteria. 40 trainee sonographers assessed the simulator and were taught how to obtain an apical 2 chamber (A2C) view and image the superior vena cava (SVC). 100% and 88% found the simulator useful in obtaining the SVC or A2C view respectively. All users found it easy to use and the majority found it helped with image acquisition and interpretation. 42 attendees of a TOE training day utilising the simulator assessed the simulator with 100% finding it easy to use, as well as the augmented reality graphics benefiting image acquisition. 90% felt that it was realistic. This study revealed that both trainee sonographers and TOE proceduralists found the simulation process was realistic, helped in image acquisition and improved assessment of spatial relationships. Echocardiographic simulators may play an important role in the future training of echocardiographic skills.

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ID Code: 54473
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Echocardiography, Education, Simulators
DOI: 10.1016/j.hlc.2012.03.012
ISSN: 1443-9506
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE AND HAEMATOLOGY (110200) > Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases) (110201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Crown Copyright © 2012 Published by Elsevier Inc.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Heart Lung and Circulation. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Heart Lung and Circulation, [VOL 21, ISSUE 5, (2012)] DOI: 10.1016/j.hlc.2012.03.01
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2012 11:28
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 20:45

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