Introduction to Echocardiography: Use different projections to diagnose patients
Practice obtaining different ultrasound views of the heart anatomy and use different Doppler ultrasound imaging techniques on a giant virtual heart. Apply your new skills to diagnose a patient.
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About This Simulation
Welcome to the Labster cardiology training facility! In this simulation, you will learn how to perform cardiac ultrasound using different modes and views. After practicing on a virtual heart, you will also evaluate cardiac function on a patient.
Use a giant virtual heart to practice Doppler ultrasound imaging
In our virtual training facility, we have a giant heart to practice the many different ultrasound transducer positions and angles that need to be mastered to correctly visualize and identify cardiac structures. It takes a lot of practice and sometimes small differences can make a difference when it comes to diagnosing abnormalities! In this simulation, you can repeat this training as much as you would like to familiarize yourself with normal cardiac structures, where the transducer needs to be placed, and at what angle to obtain the desired views.
Perform cardiac ultrasound on a patient
After your practice, you can choose to dust off your knowledge of ultrasound physics to better understand the technique and its different modes. Alternatively, you can also skip this lesson and immediately proceed to meet your patient, Mr. Johansson, a 50-year-old male who was referred here for an echocardiography examination. He presents symptoms of previous pain in the left arm and possibly in the chest, which he thought had to do with bad ergonomy at office work, being left-handed and working a lot on a computer. However, a physical exam from his physician revealed a systolic murmur in the stethoscope.
To get to the bottom of Mr. Johansson’s case and help inform his doctor, you will have to obtain the different ultrasound projections you practiced, as well as make some measurements and observations. Dr. One will be there to help you out, save your images and make notes of all the data.
Analyze the data and diagnose the patient
At the end of this very thorough examination, you will have access to all the images, videos and measurements that you performed on the patient, as well as on the practice healthy heart. By understanding and comparing all the information you have now gathered, will you be able to correctly diagnose the patient?
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