VirtaMed launched two new obstetric ultrasound training modules on its GynoS simulator for transvaginal and transabdominal ultrasound training during the 2019 annual conference of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).

The standardized 20+2 approach guides clinicians through a structured routine for examining the mid-trimester fetus, including 20 planes and two overview sweeps relating to specific fetal views. This anatomical review includes assessment of gestational age and has the potential to exclude 50 fetal abnormalities. VirtaMed’s GynoS simulator introduces the latest proprietary technology that allows the overview sweeps to be realistically practiced by freely navigating across the entire abdomen with realistic ultrasound images, just as in real life.

“The possibility to move the probe in a realistic way and use the whole abdominal surface as a gate to achieve ultrasound images; that is how ultrasound imaging is in real life,” explains Professor Dr. Josef Wisser of Zurich University Hospital. “With the VirtaMed simulator you can train how to achieve the planes as in real life, and that is the main advantage of this simulator compared to others.”

VirtaMed’s GynoS simulator is a comprehensive and advanced solution for obstetrics and gynecology training, including modules for hysteroscopy, IUD placement and embryo transfer. The new obstetric ultrasound modules are available on the same platform, helping teaching institutions to save space and money with the multifunctional simulator. First trimester examinations are available through VirtaMed’s Transvaginal Ultrasound module, which gives clinicians the opportunity to practice identifying fetal viability, including extrauterine pregnancies.

The company has also created a new portable version of the GynoS simulator, with a touch screen and high-power PC. The device enables realistic ultrasound graphics beyond the laptop-based portable systems that VirtaMed previously used.