August 12, 2011By Lance Baily

CAE Vimedix UltraSound Simulator Demo

During CAE’s visit to the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, I toured the new Vimedix Ultrasound Simulator with Gail Nichols BSc, RDCS, RDMS, CCRA – Manager of Ultrasound Products with CAE.

This is the Viamedex from CAE which is an echocardiography & fast scan simulator. It comes with a desktop unit, torso, transducer and monitor systems. Download the CAE brochure here, which includes information about curriculum packages as well.

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On the left side on the monitor is virtual or augmented reality presentation, and on the right is the ultrasound scan.  This is extremely helpful to have two views so that students can see when they are directly over a rib that the ultrasound scan will be shadowed. Like a moving textbook, learners can experience planes in 3d and in real time.

To maximize learning opportunities, we can use the system controls to turn off various portions of anatomy. By turning off ribs and lungs, the learner can focus on the specific areas of interest. When they become confident, we can simply turn back on the the realism of the patient.

Views can be modified as the instructor prefers between full screen, split screen, and windowed modes. One really neat application of the software is the ability to only turn on specific anatomy such as the heart. This way learners can break down planes before recombining them back into a composite view.

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For training, instructors can hold an image which learners must try to recreate. 3D views can help guide learners to the specific transducer location and angle necessary to replicate the required image.  A blue angle represents the required image, and a moving red angle represents the learners hand position. When the perspectives line up, the angles turn green. And, of course, because we are working in 3d – learners can rotate the animation to see the exact position necessary for success.

In tutorial mode, learners can select various portions of anatomy to learn exactly what they are looking at. And, finally worth noting is that the Vimedix system comes with preconfigured cases for demonstration – such as the tamponade case we have loaded here.

Be sure to learn more at CAE’s Vimedix webpage!

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