Authors' reply

Authors


Dear Sir

We welcome the comments and fully agree with them. We felt that such information did not add to this particular debate on service delivery but concur that a wider review of scan training would include simulation methods. We use a range of scan phantoms (Blue Phantom®) in our own unit. These include normal pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy and adnexal pathology and are employed as part of a ‘hands on’ course. These tools are used to demonstrate scan orientation, optimisation of image and a systematic technique followed by a structured report. Using the simulation model allows trainees to learn how to ‘drive’ a scan machine before undertaking supervised examinations with patients.

We look forward to the outcome of your proposed study which we think would be of great value.

Ancillary