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September 4, 2002

Teaching Cardiovascular Anatomy to Medical Students by Using a Handheld Ultrasound Device

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;288(9):1062-1063. doi:10.1001/jama.288.9.1061

To the Editor: Standard ultrasonography has been used to supplement traditional methods of instruction in medical school courses.1,2 Recent advances in ultrasound technology have made this noninvasive imaging method more readily available and portable.3,4 Handheld ultrasound devices, weighing less than 4 kg and costing approximately $12 000, generate high-resolution images. We implemented an echocardiography training program using handheld ultrasound devices in the core curriculum of Cardiovascular Gross Anatomy. The program taught first-year medical students to image and identify cardiovascular structures by using a parasternal long-axis (PLAX) ultrasound projection.