Simulation-based education in ultrasound - diagnostic and interventional abdominal focus

Malene Roland Vils Pedersen, Mia Louise Østergaard, Leizl Joy Nayahangan, Kristina Rue Nielsen, Claudia Lucius, Christoph F Dietrich, Michael Bachmann Nielsen

Abstract

Simulation-based training (SBT) is increasingly acknowledged worldwide and has become a popular tool for ultrasound education. Ultrasound simulation involves the use of technology and software to create a virtual training setting. Simulation-based training allows healthcare professionals to learn, practice, and improve their ultrasound imaging skills in a safe learning-based environment. SBT can provide a realistic and focused learning experience that creates a deep and immersive understanding of the complexity of ultrasound, including enhancing knowledge and confidence in specific areas of interest. Abdominal ultrasound simulation is a tool to increase patient safety and can be a cost-efficient training method. In this paper, we provide an overview of various types of abdominal ultrasound simulators, and the benefits, and challenges of SBT. We also provide examples of how to develop SBT programs and learning strategies including mastery learning. In conclusion, the growing demand for medical imaging increases the need for healthcare professionals to start using ultrasound simulators in order to keep up with the rising standards.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUltraschall in der Medizin
ISSN0172-4614
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Mar 2024

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