The Society of Point of Care Ultrasound

DIY Ultrasound Training Resources

You've already spent enough money on machines, instructors, and other resources.  Spending hundreds on additional commercial phantoms is likely the last thing you want to do.  There a number of ultrasound phantom recipes/resources out there, from gelatin, to tofu, to food-grade chicken breasts, to your own hand.  Rather than invent the wheel, we'll share the best of the best!.

Perhaps the most comprehensive list of phantom recipes was compiled by the premier ultrasound educators down under.  Zedu has pretty much anything you need here.

  5minSono has some very well-crafted phantom recipes as part of    their SonoInstructables Series 


Ultrasound phantoms, which allow you to simulate the musculature, tissue planes and vessels, afford new ultrasound learners the opportunity to practice IV placement without causing discomfort to the patient.   This phantom will allow for the simulation of tissue planes and the look and feel of real human tissue.  The Phantom will typically last 25-50 needle insertions.   The cost of this model is about $10, the time to create, about 10 minutes.                                   Click Here For Recipe

And if you are tired of always picking up a near-empty bottle of ultrasound gel.....make your much as you need and only when you need it.  This recipe from our friends over at the Journal of Special Operations Medicine describes the use of a dietary supplement powder to create a homemade ultrasound gel.  One teaspoon yields a full bottle of gel, no cooking required, and the best part is that the image quality was validated as near equivalent to commercial gel!

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