Intelligent Ultrasound Unveils BodyWorks 4.0

27th October 2022, Cardiff, UK: Intelligent Ultrasound (IU) today announced the launch of BodyWorks 4.0. Better known as BodyWorks ‘Eve’, the latest version of the simulator adds even more value for skilled trainees, while expanding the scope of the platform to novice users to develop their ultrasound skills and competence in a safe environment. 

Bodyworks Eve is an ultra-realistic female patient simulator for interactive Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) scenario training, designed to meet the training needs of healthcare professionals who wish to practise PoCUS in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.

First launched in 2018, the manikin has over 350 installations across the world. Committed to the ongoing development of its platforms, in line with its vision of ‘unlocking ultrasound for everyone’, in version 4.0 IU has added even more functionality to ensure Eve remains the simulator of choice for PoCUS.

New and existing customers will benefit from expanded scanning regions and anatomy. Users are now able to scan the manikin from the neck to the pubic bone, and around the posterior flanks.

Working with customers and experts in the field, IU has delivered on its promise to remain up to date with and meet market needs, adding six new pathologies and three new protocol lists to Eve. BodyWorks 4.0 now includes left kidney hydronephrosis (mild/moderate/severe), bladder distention with foley catheter, appendicitis, and ascites pathologies. The three new protocol lists for FAMUS/FUSIC are the abdomen, thorax/lung and cardiac.

Users can also benefit from the new ‘Basic Skills’ modules. Available to purchase as an add on, Basic Skills includes three modules to help novice users and trainees develop their ultrasound skills and competence in a safe environment. ‘Probe Manipulation’ enables users to associate the ultrasound image with the position and orientation of the probe, and how different movements affect the image. The second module, ‘Anatomy Viewer’, helps trainees understand how the ultrasound image correlates to the main anatomical structures, while ‘Scanning Windows’ helps trainees to build confidence in the probe placement required for PoCUS protocols and to identify the relevant anatomical structures.

Developed in conjunction with and tested by experts in acute medicine and radiology, the aim of the Basic Skills modules is to support novice users in self-directed learning, enabling them to learn independently or with a tutor. They will help new users to understand the relationship between the probe and the ultrasound fan and how the transducer is moved to obtain an ideal image, while introducing basic ultrasound terminology​.

The tutorials include short tasks, which provide automatic feedback, to ensure trainees understand the content as they progress through the modules.

Prior to launch, IU took the Basic Skills modules to a FAMUS and FUSIC training course at the National Imaging Academy Wales where sixteen doctor candidates from Critical Care, the Emergency Department, General Surgery, ACCS, Anaesthetics and ITU provided feedback.

Head of Research and development at IU, Kathryn Jenner, commented “Pre-launch evaluation, testing and feedback was incredibly positive. The Basic Skills modules are expected to build confidence and knowledge in the foundational skills needed for ultrasound scanning by medical professionals”.

BodyWorks 4.0 is available from the 27th October 2022. To learn more about the latest version of Eve or to request a demonstration, get in touch.