Simulation training in sonography has been shown be an effective method of teaching and assessing user competency in image acquisition/interpretation and performance of procedures. Gallbladder simulation models that are currently commercially available are entire torso section phantoms, are generally expensive to obtain, and require maintenance. We have developed a sonographic gallbladder simulation model constructed using readily available and inexpensive materials. Models were created of normal gallbladder anatomy as well as various gallbladder pathologies such as cholelithiasis, biliary sludge, and thickening of the gallbladder wall. This model can be used to train users both to obtain and interpret sonographic images of the gallbladder.
- anatomic models