A Simple, Realistic, Inexpensive Nerve Phantom

Kimberly M. Rathbun, William T. Brader, John W. Norbury

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Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks are common techniques in several medical specialties. Phantoms are commonly used when teaching these procedures. Commercial phantoms are expensive, and most previously published “homemade” nerve phantoms have a substantial amount of posterior shadowing, making it difficult to visualize the needle posterior to the simulated nerve. We have constructed a simple and easy-to-make nerve block phantom using a hot dog core embedded in a gelatin–psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid fiber mixture that has little to no posterior shadowing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2203-2207
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • education
  • nerve block
  • phantom
  • simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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