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Rethinking how computer tomography operators are trained

Rethinking how computer tomography (CT) operators are trained

KPIs

A new standard among Computer Tomography Scanner Simulators for X-ray training

Realistic training experience

Reduction in student-related errors

Improved students performance

Positive teaching feedbacks

Customer review

“Simulated training helps make the performance of complex procedures such as Computed Tomography automatic”

Prof. Rossano Girometti – Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Medical Radiology Techniques, UniUD

STORY

Overview

The three-year degree course in techniques of medical radiology, imaging and radiotherapy at the University of Udine trains future medical radiology technicians to use natural or artificial ionizing radiation, thermographic and ultrasonic energy and nuclear magnetic resonance
Students are sent to local public health facilities to carry out the compulsory internship, where they operate on real patients under the supervision of their assigned tutors

CHALLENGE

Safe, accessible virtual training to prepare for patient interaction

Teachers required a safer, more readily available way to train future radiology technicians in the use of CT (Computed Tomography) scanners before the internship on real patients. The use of real CT scanners with training phantoms was not always possible due to the limited time availability of scanners for clinical use and it was also desired to reduce risks on real patients as well as flatten the otherwise steep learning curve required to use a real CT scanner, especially when used in a high stress situation like a clinical setting

SOLUTION

CT scanner simulation software for safe virtual training

The soon-to-be x-ray technologists were able to experience, in a safe virtual environment made with the Unity 3D engine, simulated CT examinations, including both a simulated CT scanner complete with its control software on the console screen, contrast liquid remote injector and a virtual patient with realistic interactions, dialogues, and the ability to use real CT DICOM image files to show actual results of real CT studies

Achievements met with MOLO17

Thanks to MOLO17’s dedicated solution, the University of Udine now boasts a CT scanner simulation software, revolutionizing the way students and faculty approach radiology training. This state-of-the-art solution serves not just as a technical tool, but as a conduit for enhancing the safety, efficiency, and efficacy of future medical professionals

BENEFITS

Benefits realized with MOLO17

Students are able to test their abilities safely on virtual patients, with conditions based on real clinical cases provided by Udine Teaching Hospital. They have the opportunity to simulate rare clinical cases many times over and they can start their internship with a solid knowledge of CT machinery usage, allowing them to focus on learning what is impossible to simulate on a computer: the relationship with real patients and the connected physical procedures on them, getting more experience from their internship, while granting the patients and the students a safer environment, in the spirit of patient-oriented healthcare principles

The virtual environment, built on the Unity 3D engine, allows students to practice without any risk to real patients. This ensures that future x-ray technologists are well-acquainted with the CT scanning procedure in a hazard-free setting before they interact with real patients

With features like a virtual patient with real-life interactions, dialogues, and the ability to display actual results from real CT studies, the simulation offers a close-to-reality experience

With the software’s capability to simulate conditions based on real clinical cases from the Udine Teaching Hospital, students can get exposure to a vast array of scenarios, including rare clinical cases

The software ensures that students start their internships with robust knowledge about CT machinery, enabling them to focus more on patient relationships and physical procedures.

Unlike real CT scanners which may be unavailable due to clinical demands, the simulation software can be accessed anytime, ensuring continuous learning

The software offers a solution to teachers’ demands for a safer, more available training method, bridging the gap between academic learning and practical application

By allowing students to make mistakes and learn in a virtual environment, both real patients and students benefit from a safer clinical setting during the internship phase

The virtual training environment helps to ease the traditionally steep learning curve, preparing students better for high-stress clinical settings

With the software, there’s no need for the university to reserve real CT scanners for training purposes, which can be expensive and logistically challenging

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