Ultrasound learning during covid
There are huge challenges to ultrasound learning during the covid-19 pandemic, particularly given limited access to ultrasound devices and simulation rooms. The two biggest problems our customers report are:
1. It is difficult to teach 3d anatomy through online-only ultrasound 2. The sensation of holding an ultrasound probe is increasingly rare for early learners
In this blog we're going to discuss how to transform online ultrasound learning by addressing these challenges directly. There are 3-steps to this process, and it goes like this:
1. Start with a basic introduction to 3d anatomy using simple SHAPES
Using simple shapes, like cones, cubes, spheres and tubes, you can better understand the spatial mapping between 3 dimensional anatomical structures and the 2 dimensional ultrasound beam. This is an approach used by leading doctors at Universities like Johns Hopkins, to start learning ultrasound. It's best to start with extremely simple shapes here, to highlight relationships clearly.
2. Move to more complex and realistic anatomical shapes using real anatomy
3D anatomy is different in every patient, so moving next to scanning more complex tissues in simulation can help further develop your spatial awareness. This is challenging online, but there are a number of free tools that you can use to simulate realistic anatomy.
3. Feel the sensation of holding your own ultrasound probe This is the most effective way to learn ultrasound. Guiding your own virtual ultrasound probe you should be able to feel the relationship between probe movement and the 2d image. Unfortunately, ultrasound probes are hard to come by, but next week we’ll be sharing some manual hacks for simulating the ultrasound probe beam, not even using software. These steps can help you to start your online ultrasound learning in a more effective way during the covid pandemic. But it's not easy to do all of this yourself. Next week we will share an exclusive free basic introduction to 3d anatomy and the ultrasound beam through simple SHAPES!
In the next two notes, we will also show how to view underlying anatomy using the Deepscope Ultrasound Simulator and then how to control a virtual simulated ultrasound probe.