Cadaver-based abscess model for medical training

Michael Stanley Ellis, Joseph T. Nelson, Jeffrey Zane Kartchner, Karl Andrew Yousef, William J. Adamas-Rappaport, Richard Amini

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Ultrasound imaging is a rapid and noninvasive tool ideal for the imaging of soft tissue infections and is associated with a change of clinician management plans in 50% of cases. We developed a realistic skin abscess diagnostic and therapeutic training model using fresh frozen cadavers and common, affordable materials. Details for construction of the model and suggested variations are presented. This cadaver-based abscess model produces high-quality sonographic images with internal echogenicity similar to a true clinical abscess, and is ideal for teaching sonographic diagnostic skills in addition to the technical skills of incision and drainage or needle aspiration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-88
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Medical Education and Practice
StatePublished - 2017


  • Abscess model
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound education
  • Ultrasound-guided needle aspiration
  • Undergraduate medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Medicine(all)


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