A simple model for learning stereotactic skills in ultrasound-guided amniocentesis

James F. Smith, Michele Bergmann, Robert Gildersleeve, Richard Allen

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Background: Amniocentesis is an important procedure for antenatal diagnosis but requires stereotactic skill acquisition that may be facilitated by the use of a model. Technique: A model using a gelatin mold with 'targets' within is created. The model is used to facilitate development of stereotactic skills and to demonstrate technique principles for ultrasound- guided amniocentesis. Experience: The model has been incorporated into an educational program for antenatal diagnosis within a residency and provides a reasonable simulation of clinical features important in learning genetic amniocentesis. Conclusion: The use of this model augments the learning of important skills needed for ultrasound-guided amniocentesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-305
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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