Beyond Ultrasound Simulation

The patented SonoSimulator® is a proven-effective method to develop the hand-eye coordination required to perform ultrasonography. Instantly access thousands of pathologic training cases that take years of working in a hospital to encounter, acquire image acquisition and interpretation skills, learn with a virtual tutor, and get real-time feedback powered by AI.

SonoSim developed the world’s largest online library of patient cases with a broad spectrum of normal and pathologic conditions. Real-patient ultrasound cases are imported into a virtual environment powered by a graphics visualization engine. Learners practice hands-on scanning using the hand motion-sensing SonoSim Probe that plugs into the USB port of a laptop, thus replicating the exact tactile experience of using an actual ultrasound probe to scan a real patient.

SonoSimulator® Tour 

1

Access Real Pathologic Cases

The Case List provides virtual access to a wide-ranging and growing SonoSim Case Library with real-patient cases and pathology.

2

Perform Clinical Decision Making

Integrate patient history & physical findings into clinical decision making with information such as age, vital signs, and chief complaint.

3

Change Body Positioning

The Body Position feature allows users to place the virtual patient in different positions that provide alternative viewer perspectives.

4

See Underlying Anatomy

Remove anatomic layers with the Layers feature to view how the ultrasound beam transects underlying anatomy.*

5

Ultrasound Image Acquisition Guidance

Follow the virtual Probe Guide to receive guidance in acquiring the optimal ultrasound image.

6

Expert Narrated Videos

With Findings video tutorials, expert instructors assist with interpreting the ultrasound image.

7

Apply Compression

Hold the Compression button to compress the structure immediately beneath the transducer (e.g., compress a vein).*

8

Perform Ultrasound-Guided Procedures

The Needle procedure feature provides risk-free cognitive task training on ultrasound-guided needle-based procedures.*

9

Virtual Human Body

A 3-D human body model depicts dynamic anatomic structures of adult & pediatric and male & female bodies.

10

See Optimal Ultrasound Probe-Types

Learn which transducer (e.g., physical footprint) to use when performing an actual scan.

11

Virtual Ultrasound Array Beam

Learn how the array beam traverses anatomical structures to create the corresponding ultrasound image in the display window.

12

Ultrasound Window Acquisition

The ultrasound display window depicts images that correspond to probe movements with high fidelity and real-time performance.

13

Ultrasound Unit Display Window

An ultrasound display window simulates a real ultrasound unit, including the ability to modify image depth & gain; flip the probe indicator; freeze, save, & review obtained images; and measure anatomic structures.

14

Doppler Imaging

Doppler enables learners to examine motion detection and blood flow characteristics through a variety of imaging modalities, including m-mode and power, color-flow, and pulsed-wave Doppler.*

15

Multimedia Window

Split Screen enables users to easily compare ultrasound findings and image characteristics with those provided by other imaging modalities (e.g., plain radiographs, CT, or MRI).*

*These advanced features are only included in specific SonoSim® Modules.

 

Ultrasound-Guided Procedure Training via the SonoSimulator

The SonoSimulator provides cognitive task training on a variety of ultrasound-guided needle based procedures. Develop hand-eye coordination in a safe environment and receive unlimited practice opportunities through the use of real patient-based virtual models and ultrasound simulation.

 

1

Move the Transducer & Localize a Target Vessel

Learn how to move an ultrasound transducer and localize a target vessel in short-axis and long-axis views.

2

Practice Correct Needle Entry Angle & Target Vessel Approach

Learn how to achieve optimal needle penetration of a target vessel under ultrasound guidance. Learn the critical task of how to localize the tip of the needle by fanning the virtual ultrasound probe in the appropriate direction.

3

Cannulate Target Vessels with In-Plane & Out-Of-Plane Approaches

Probe-positioning assistance (for Longitudinal and Transverse window acquisition) allows for virtual “hand-holding” during image acquisition.

4

Receive Immediate Performance Feedback Powered by AI

Specific, real-time feedback following each ultrasound-guided intervention attempt enables mastery.

 

Proven-Effective Training

The SonoSimulator is a validated and evidence-backed training solution. It has been proven to be as effective as a live instructor and provides unique benefits over live instruction and course-based learning. Train and assess large numbers of users in an automated way.

Ultrasound TaskPerformance Measure
Basic scanning procedures121% Improvement
Window Interpretation133% Improvement
Window Identification474% Improvement
Diagnostic Interpretation535% Improvement

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