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Richard Amini, Jeffrey Z Kartchner, Lori A Stolz, David Biffar, Allan J Hamilton, Srikar Adhikari
BACKGROUND: Ultrasonography use is increasing in emergency departments, and ultrasound education is now recommended in resident training. Ultrasound phantoms are used in many institutions for training purposes. The purpose of this study is to describe an inexpensive and simple method to create ultrasound-imaging models for the purpose of education and practice using clear ballistic gel. METHODS: Clear ballistic gel is used to simulate tissue for firing practice and other military evaluations...
2015: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
Zachary P Soucy, Lisa Mills, John S Rose, Kenneth Kelley, Francisco Ramirez, Nathan Kuppermann
Over the past decade, point-of-care ultrasound has become a common tool used for both procedures and diagnosis. Developing high-fidelity phantoms is critical for training in new and novel point-of-care ultrasound applications. Detecting skull fractures on ultrasound imaging in the younger-than-2-year-old patient is an emerging area of point-of-care ultrasound research. Identifying a skull fracture on ultrasound imaging in this age group requires knowledge of the appearance and location of sutures to distinguish them from fractures...
August 2015: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Matthew D C Eames, Mercy Farnum, Mohamad Khaled, W Jeff Elias, Arik Hananel, John W Snell, Neal F Kassell, Jean-Francois Aubry
PURPOSE: In the ongoing endeavor of fine-tuning, the clinical application of transcranial MR-guided focused ultrasound (tcMRgFUS), ex-vivo studies wlkiith whole human skulls are of great use in improving the underlying technology guiding the accurate and precise thermal ablation of clinically relevant targets in the human skull. Described here are the designs, methods for fabrication, and notes on utility of three different ultrasound phantoms to be used for brain focused ultrasound research...
April 2015: Medical Physics
Christopher G Restrepo, Mark D Baker, Christopher M Pruitt, John P Gullett, David C Pigott
OBJECTIVES: Lumbar punctures (LPs) are typically performed using anatomical surface landmarks. However, as body mass index increases, identifying surface landmarks becomes more difficult. Ultrasound has been proposed as a tool for identifying these landmarks prior to LP. This study evaluates the effectiveness of a brief training program in ultrasound identification of anatomical landmarks in a simulated obese model prior to completing an LP. METHODS: Pediatric emergency medicine physicians completed a pretest questionnaire on ultrasound familiarity prior to an educational session...
January 2015: Pediatric Emergency Care
Scott Sparks, David Evans, Don Byars
BACKGROUND: We have constructed a simple, inexpensive simulation model for ultrasound guided nerve blocks. To date there are no low cost, high fidelity models for nerve block simulations. The models that do exist are expensive and vaguely resemble actual anatomy. As ultrasound guided nerve blocks become more common in medical education it is essential to develop better training models to help increase the comfort level of the individual provider and increase the chances for success during live-patient procedures [Anaesth Intensive Care 37: 824-829, 2009]...
2014: Critical Ultrasound Journal
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