Supporting Gore’s medical training programs for a better understanding of cardiac anatomy and echocardiography

W. L. Gore & Associates has made its name by creating innovative, technology-driven solutions, from medical devices that treat aneurysms to high-performance GORE-TEX® fabrics.

A privately held company with annual sales of more than $3 billion, Gore is committed to perpetuating its 50-plus year tradition of product innovation.  Gore focuses its efforts in four main areas: electronics, fabrics, industrial and medical products. The company’s electronic products division develops and manufactures high-performance copper and optical signal transmission products. Gore’s fabrics provide protection from the elements and enable wearers to remain comfortable across a broad range of activities and conditions. The products made by Gore’s industrial division meet diverse contamination control and processing challenges throughout industry. Implants from the medical division provide creative healing solutions to complex medical problems.

Gore approached Inventive Medical from seeing their 3D cardiac model at various shows and saw  its potential to train their own internal medical engineers and also sales staff in the cardiac structure knowledge .

Their HeartWorks systems are based in Flagstaff, where they are used mainly beamed onto a projector screen to teach classrooms of staff and customers. The training program  initially begins with the HeartWorks  3D cardiac model - labelling  cardiac structures and then slicing them away to reveal detailed insights into all internal structures.  TEE imaging is then added  to give students a better knowledge of echo and an appreciation of image relationships between  cardiac anatomy corresponding 2D ultrasound views.