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Schools of the Future – Using VIVE to Provide Complete Medical Imaging Education in VR

Schools of the Future – Using VIVE to Provide Complete Medical Imaging Education in VR

The future is here and now. At Virtual Medical Coaching in New Zealand, we’re expanding the VR medical scene and educating the next wave of Radiographers with our latest simulation, the Radiography suite.

Radiography is the first module of our medical imaging suite now available to tertiary educators all around the world, providing users with lifelike comprehensive equipment, their own private examination room and over 58 different patients to simulate all the components for taking an x-ray, from positioning the x-ray tube and patient to selecting an exposure and critiquing the image.

Schools of the Future – Using VIVE to Provide Complete Medical Imaging Education in VR

Working in the EPIC Innovation Hub to jointly develop the end-to-end learning environment, we collaborated with XR platform creator Skilitics Health to build this first-of-its-kind application for healthcare training.

VR in healthcare education

Through VR, students get education around the intricacies of operating advanced medical equipment. Guided by real-life educators or in a self directed environment, each student has the opportunity to make and learn from their mistakes in a safe, immersive, and lifelike environment which communicates the consequences, without the risk that would otherwise accompany them in real life.

With the hardware costing less than 1% of real-world x-ray machinery and without the need for maintenance or shielding, tertiary providers around the world are picking up on Virtual Medical Coaching’s VR simulations rather than or in addition to physical machines.

The setup is easily transportable should the department move campuses, fits into significantly smaller rooms than traditional simulation equipment, and thanks to continual software updates, ensures students always have the latest technology to work with.

Virtual Medical Coaching is even empowering educational facilities to pick up new courses that they otherwise couldn’t offer due to lacking the equipment — MRI and CT simulations, for example.

Final thoughts

Virtual Medical Coaching won’t just be limited to the radiography suite though. In the near future, additional modules will be offered that encompass MRI, CT, and mammography and other healthcare simulations from outside the imaging spheres such as Nursing & Midwifery simulations.

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