A training method for imaging includes obtaining a dataset volume for an organ of a patient in an ultrasound imaging mode, and providing a template associated with the dataset volume to an optical ultrasound system location. The method also includes providing a virtual transducer with a label thereon to the optical ultrasound system location. A webcam is attached to the template. The webcam is positioned to view the label on the virtual transducer. The method includes determining the planar position of the virtual transducer from optical information obtained from the webcam image of the label. Once the planar position is determined, the planar position of the virtual transducer is related to the corresponding plane in the dataset. The plane related to the dataset is then displayed at the displaying the plane from the dataset at the optical ultrasound system location.