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Augmented Reality (AR) is an exciting part of the HeartWorks learning experience. Through tablet-based AR, students of cardiac anatomy and echo can now immerse themselves in the critically acclaimed and anatomically correct HeartWorks 3D heart. They can hold it in their hands, turn it around and look deep inside for an unparalleled understanding of structures and ultrasound views.
HeartWorks AR 2.0 is now available and contains new functionality to improve learners’ understanding of how to acquire the standard imaging planes for TEE and TTE.
HeartWorks AR 2.0
HeartWorks Augmented Reality is a highly portable solution with the fidelity of the HeartWorks simulator pre-loaded onto a Samsung tablet. Many of the standard HeartWorks features are available in this version, with a selection of viewing modes, including anatomical slicing, structure labelling and highlighting, and standard cardiac ultrasound planes.
A 3D representation of the TTE and TEE probes has now also been added to the standard imaging planes. This will help build an understanding of the probe manipulation and positioning required to acquire these image planes.
A transparent 3D rib cage has also been added to the image of the 3D heart. This gives useful context to the heart position, as well as helping to understanding the rib spaces used in the standard TTE image planes. The rib cage and probes can be turned on and off using the buttons in the bottom right of the screen.
HeartWorks AR Expert Review
Felipe Teran, MD, FACEP provides an in-depth review of the HeartWorks AR system. Dr. Teran is an Emergency Physician in the Division of Emergency Ultrasound and investigator at the Center for Resuscitation Science in the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Pennsylvania.
With HeartWorks AR learning can take place anywhere at any time. From self-directed exploration of cardiac anatomy, single student and tutor training sessions, and demonstrating anatomy and imaging principles to small group tutorials. The display can also be projected onto a larger screen when teaching and lecturing to large groups.
Slicing and removing sections of the beating, interactive 3D heart model reveals underlying structures. When overlaying the corresponding ultrasound imaging plane, a clear understanding of image relationships becomes easier and the time typrically required to learn this complex skill is significantly reduced.
HeartWorks AR is not just an engaging learning tool, it can be used in the operating room or echocardiography laboratory to illustrate particular anatomic relationships relevant to the clinical scan. It can help explain anatomy and abnormalities to other clinicians, and help the clinician explain heart structure and function to patients.
With HeartWorks Augmented Reality you can now learn cardiac anatomy and ultrasound anywhere. You can hold a fully interactive and accurate 3D heart in your hands, label structures, slice in any plane and overlay TEE and TTE ultrasound views. The quality of the HeartWorks simulator and learning preloaded onto a Samsung portable tablet.
What’s in the box:
HeartWorks AR program specification:
|Tablet make and model|
|S Pen Support|
|Audio and video|
|Services and applications|