A Bay Area sonography training program is giving us a look at a new high-tech teaching tool, helping bridge a gap experienced by many medical students studying the heart.
When diagnosing heart conditions, doctors only get a flat view using ultrasounds called echo-cardiograms. These two-dimensional heart scans are tough to decipher, especially for untrained eyes.
"I'm looking with this transducer on a person's body but I'm not really sure what I'm seeing on the screen there," said Sam Yoders, director of Nova Southeastern University's Cardiovascular Sonography Program. "There's sometimes a real mental gap."
NSU Instructors are hoping to reduce that learning roadblock by using a virtual 3D simulator. They call him Norman, and his high-tech torso helps doctors and techs in training.
"It's basically merging them together to get one human heart," Yoders explained.
The simulator allows students to get a close up look at common problems like mitral valve prolapse. Details are based on CT, MRI, and echo scans from 10,000 patients.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.nova.edu/chcs/healthsciences/cardiovascular/index.html?
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