Virtual Aortic Valve

an online interactive teaching aid for transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and the anatomy of the aortic valve


The virtual aortic valve modules are created to help the novice echocardiographers to get used to the aortic root anatomy and the surrounding related heart anatomy. There are two parts: The anatomy review and the functional anatomy. We hope that this module will be helpful in gaining more insight into the 3-dimentional shape of the aortic valve.

Anatomy Review Module

(only works in Internet Explorer)

Anatomy Review module is divided into three sections:
aortic valve, aortic root and related structures. Each section builds on interactive 3D models to explain the normal aortic valve anatomy and its surrounding structures of the heart.

360° Rotatable 3d models

Zoom in / out

Orientation cube

Functional Review Module

(only works in Internet Explorer)

The Functional Review module focuses on showing the relationship between a normal aortic root movement during a cardiac cycle and the anatomy of the aortic root.

Play/ pause animated aortic root

scrub through for specific points

360° Rotatable 3d models


Michael Corrin BFA, BA, Hons BSc, MScBMC, CMI
Lectorer at Biomedical Communications
Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Content Advisor
Annette Vegas MD, FRCPC, FASE
Staff Anesthesiologist, Director of Perioperative TEE
Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, Toronto General Hospital


The Vesalius Trust Research Grant