There is a simulator used to assist in the training in transesophageal echo, predominantly for anesthesiologists, at the Heart Hospital, in London. See http://www.heartworks.me.uk/index.php?page=team&lang=uk
. There is also a program with the American College of Chest Physicians(ACCP) using simulated education for Advanced Clinical Education, bronchoscopy, mechanical ventilation, airway management and ultrasound/echocardiography(again, more for the non-cardiologist). Outside of the cardiac cath lab/vascular suite, I don't know of any simulators, but think it an incredibly good idea. For workstation directed imaging, particularly CMR, a control interface, could be created with a flight simulator "front window" similar to what pilots do(there is a company called "Flight Safety" in Savannah that does this for pilots on all sorts of aircraft). Each device has individual profiles similar to differing aircraft....each patient has different geography and different conditions....it is fun to imagine what might be possible! I will keep checking, but there is clearly room for innovation, even across vendor platforms!