Realistic and inexpensive ultrasound phantoms to demonstrate aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection

Kimberly M. Rathbun, Claire F. Harryman, Corey Moore

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Introduction: Using ultrasound to evaluate for the presence of aortic pathology is a common procedure in the emergency department. Phantoms are models that are used to simulate clinical conditions for teaching ultrasound-related skills. To date, no ‘homemade’ phantom has been created to model aortic aneurysms, and no phantoms exist to model aortic dissection. Methods: We used several readily available, inexpensive ingredients to create ultrasound phantoms. Results: These phantoms realistically mimic aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection. Discussion: These are the first ‘homemade’ phantoms that demonstrate aortic pathology. Conclusions: We have created realistic, affordable, easily reproducible phantoms for use in teaching clinicians to use ultrasound when evaluating patients for aortic aneurysm and/or aortic dissection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-199
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • aortic aneurysm
  • aortic dissection
  • education
  • phantom
  • simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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