About CAE Blue Phantom

At the turn of the 21st century, ultrasound was becoming a go-to technique across medical specialties. With the release of the first truly portable ultrasound systems, a procedure that had once been limited to radiologists was being used everywhere, from emergency medicine to anesthesiology. The demand for ultrasound training was high, but little was available to aid in training.

Sonographer Brian Keegan recognized the need for a reliable training tool and set off to develop the first ultrasound training phantom. After countless hours of creating and testing different configurations in his garage, he finally designed a product that matched the acoustic properties of human tissue and worked with any ultrasound system. The first ultrasound phantom to emerge from Keegan’s work was a small blue block with two internal vessels to mimic veins. That model inspired the Blue Phantom name.

In 2012, CAE Healthcare acquired Blue Phantom to further expand and enhance simulation-based clinical training and the delivery of patient care globally. Today, CAE Blue Phantom produces the world's most realistic and durable anatomical task trainers. Coupled with a commitment to customer service and quality, CAE is recognized as the leader in ultrasound training models.

CAE Blue Phantom Simulex™ TISSUE

The science of sound

Engineered to match the acoustic characteristics of human tissue, the CAE Blue Phantom patented Simulex™ tissue is compatible with any real diagnostic ultrasound imaging system. (Diagnostic frequencies range from approximately 2 to 20MHz)

CAE Blue Phantom Simulex™ tissue heals itself following needle sticks. After any ultrasound-guided interventional procedure using 18-21g, sharp, unbent needles, the Simulex tissue will automatically seal around the area where the needle was placed, eliminating leaks. An independent research study performed by the Naval Medical Center and Christiana Care Health System confirmed that any Blue Phantom model can endure at least 1,000 needle sticks before it needs to be replaced. The Simulex ultrasound tissue simulation technology is patented by CAE Blue Phantom (US Patent No. 7,255,565)

The CAE Commitment

World Leader in Ultrasound Training


CAE Blue Phantom products are compatible with any diagnostic ultrasound system


Interact with extremely realistic images with the appearance of real human tissue and lifelike haptic response



Repeat procedures thousands of times thanks to the self-healing properties of Simulex™ tissue


The high quality, reliability and durability of each product extends its longevity, dramatically decreasing its cost per use

Join the ranks of notable alumni

With CAE Blue Phantom products, we have trained hundreds of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals in the techniques for safe ultrasound- guided vascular access. The customer service and support from CAE has been exceptional. The orders are filled promptly, and all inquiries have received an immediate and appropriate response.

Michael Marsh, MHA

Assistant Director, Operations University of Michigan, Clinical Simulation Center

The durability of the device is remarkable. It has had many thousands of needle insertions, both in the internal jugular and subclavian positions, and is no worse for the wear. I compliment your company for the excellence and durability of the product design and support.

Paul Mayo, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess, New York

The head and torso ultrasound model by CAE has revolutionized the way central venous access is taught. This system provides a reproducible method for teaching the manual techniques of this vital procedure without the risk to patients. It also does wonders for the instructor's blood pressure.

Thomas Cook, MD

Program Director, Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital

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Make the most of your product

We recommend using a sharp, unbent 18- to 21-gauge needle for maximum durability.

All CAE Blue Phantom products must be stored in a cool, dry environment.

Do not place items on top of any Blue Phantom product, as that could damage the Simulex™ tissue.

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