The Royal College of Art
We integrate tactile and immersive technology to reduce the cost and improve the quality of medical training
Clinical physical examination is a skill that all medical related workforce needs to obtain. Traditional ways to train this skill include using real patients, rubber model and specimens. However, relevant studies show that every 1 in 10 patients are injured while receiving palpation practice from medical students and trainees. The rubber model’s price is relatively high, and it is difficult for trainees to evaluate their performance in a systematic way.
The aim of the project is to create a new immersive way of physical examination training, to both increase the quality of training and reduce the cost.
The project contains two parts: a haptic device to simulate the feeling of touching a real patient; a VR/AR program to make the training immersive, intuitive and efficient. The VR/AR system is an education system which can help the student to learn the medical knowledge and do self-test. The student will see a virtual patient in VR/AR, they will study about the patient’s pathology and learn to make a diagnostic. When the trainee interacts with the virtual patient, they are also touching the haptic device. The combined interaction with both the virtual and physical interfaces will enhance the training’s effectiveness.
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