Tomographic Plane Visualization (ToPlaV): a Tool to Enhance Echocardiographic Training

Peter Koenig*, Shivani Patel, William C. McGaghie

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Visual learning is an important part of echocardiographic training. Our aim is to describe and evaluate a visual teaching tool, tomographic plane visualization (ToPlaV) as an adjunct to skills training in pediatric echocardiography image acquisition. This tool incorporates learning theory by applying psychomotor skills that closely emulate the skills used in echocardiography. ToPlaV was used as part of a transthoracic bootcamp for first year cardiology fellows. A qualitative survey was given to trainees to evaluate their perceptions of its usefulness. There was universal agreement among fellow trainees that ToPlaV is a useful training tool. ToPlaV is a simple, low cost, education tool which can complement a simulator and live models. We propose that ToPlaV should be incorporated into early training in echocardiography skills for pediatric cardiology fellows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1573-1577
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric cardiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2023


  • Echocardiography
  • Education
  • Imaging
  • Simulation
  • ToPlaV
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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