Welcome to the Virtual Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) Web site. This site provides teaching resources that can be used by medical educators in the classroom, and by trainees for self-study.
FOCUS and Standard Views Modules
This site contains two interactive modules for teaching transthoracic ultrasound. There are currently two modules for learning the sonoanatomy of the normal heart:
- The first module covers the five TTE views used in a Focused Cardiac Ultrasound (FOCUS) assessment of cardiac function that may be performed by anesthesiologists, intensivists or emergency medicine physicians.
- The second module covers the 20 standard diagnostic TTE views that are used by cardiologists in conducting a full echocardiography exam.
These modules provide a 3D model of the heart allowing the user to visualize the relationship between the probe and echo plane and the heart, and relate the cardiac structures in the TTE image to 3D model. As with our Virtual TEE site, future modules will cover alternate TTE views and colour Doppler, as well as examples of cardiac pathology.