How SonoSim LiveScan® Brings Ultrasound Simulation to Life

Using a simulated environment, take advantage of SonoSim's growing LiveScan library by preparing learners to recognize real patient pathologies.

SonoSim LiveScan instantly transforms live volunteers and manikins into ultrasound training cases with real pathologic conditions

SonoSim recently released two new SonoSim LiveScan packages (Hepatobiliary and Genitourinary) which feature a variety of pathologic conditions, including renal, adrenal, liver, and pancreatic masses; gallstones, kidney, bladder, and ureteral stones; and polycystic kidney disease. Seven SonoSim LiveScan packages are now available (i.e., Trauma Care, Critical Care, Cardiac Resuscitation, Early- & Late-Stage Pregnancy, Hepatobiliary, and Genitourinary). Ultrasound training educators can now use SonoSim® CaseBuilder to create over a million different combinations of ultrasound findings that can be used for ultrasound training solutions and assessments.

Real Patient-Based Ultrasound Findings

Most importantly, how does SonoSim LiveScan help train learners to integrate real patient ultrasound cases and findings into medical decision-making? Let us walk you through a typical scenario.

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A medical student enters her institution’s simulation center and sits down in front of a computer with the SonoSim® Probe, a mock ultrasound transducer, plugged into the USB drive. A live volunteer playing the role of a patient (i.e., standardized patient) lies supine on a bed next to the computer. The student reads the patient case history provided on the laptop screen:


As the standardized patient enacts the case history, the student starts to scan the patient by placing the probe on the abdomen of the volunteer pre-applied SonoSim® Tags in discrete scanning locations.  In this way, the student scans the volunteer’s right upper quadrant, mid-abdomen, and other indicated ultrasound imaging windows.


LSPR-image-2-1024x576When the mock ultrasound probe is placed on one of the tags, a dynamic ultrasound data set appears on the laptop screen. Due to motion-sensing technology, the on-screen image continuously changes based on the student’s movement of the ultrasound probe.

Bringing Simulation to Life

So how does SonoSim LiveScan bring simulation to life? In less than one hour, the learner encounters a series of pathologic conditions that often require months to years of ultrasound scanning in a hospital before they are even encountered. Importantly, learners are prompted to apply ultrasound findings to a variety of patient care scenarios.

Want to know how leading ultrasound educators are integrating SonoSim LiveScan into their residency programs?  Read our case studies with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Manitoba and the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.


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