Transesophageal Echo (TEE) is a bit of a niche thing in the ultrasound world, and trying to get into TEE, I find it really hard to wrap my head around the probe’s position and the spatial relations with probe, the omniplane and the heart. TEE trainer to the rescue!
The University of Toronto has developed its own TEE trainer and have it on their website where it’s free for anybody to use! They’ve also developed iPad apps that do the same thing. I talked to them about it, and they’ve developed the site and apps on limited funds and their own spare time. So the few dollars you pay for the iPad apps are also going to the good cause of developing and maintaining the TEE trainer, instead of into the big pockets of the Angry Birds creators.
So if you’re getting into TEE, or just want to wrap your head around it, use the website, and also seriously consider to buy the apps so you can learn TEE on the iPad with the comfort of lying on your couch.
It’s easy to tell that the TEE trainer has been developed by people who actually use TEE. It follows standard image aquisition and is very easy and pedagogical in the way it’s laid out and controlled. After playing around with it for a little while I guarantee you’ll get a better feel and understanding of TEE projections.
A more serious use of the iPad app is to take it into the clinical setting. I’ve just started getting serious about TEE, and bring the iPad app with me into the OR or ICU to have as a bedside tool while scanning, to get the right views and wrap my head around the actual 3D positions of the probe and the heart relative to it. The iPad app’s been a great help for that!
Go check out the TEE trainer in your browser or on iPad here!