Efficiency of ultrasound training simulators: Method for assessing image realism
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionMITAT. Minimally invasive therapy & allied technologies. 2010, 19 (2), 69-74. 10.3109/13645701003642826
Although ultrasound has become an important imaging modality within several medical professions, the benefit of ultrasound depends to some degree on the skills of the person operating the probe and interpreting the image. For some applications, the possibility to educate operators in a clinical setting is limited, and the use of training simulators is considered an alternative approach for learning basic skills. To ensure the quality of simulator-based training, it is important to produce simulated ultrasound images that resemble true images to a sufficient degree. This article describes a method that allows corresponding true and simulated ultrasound images to be generated and displayed side by side in real time, thus facilitating an interactive evaluation of ultrasound simulators in terms of image resemblance, real-time characteristics and man-machine interaction. The proposed method could be used to study the realism of ultrasound simulators and how this realism affects the quality of training, as well as being a valuable tool in the development of simulation algorithms.