medspace.XR

General radiography environment
medspace.XR

The general radiography module utilises high physical and functional fidelity in order to improve the transfer of skills to the clinical environment. Users interact with the virtual environment in the same way as they would in a clinical room. By using medspace.VR environments for practice, users will be better equipped to optimise their clinical experience allowing them to concentrate on patient interactions and image quality evaluation. As with all medspace.VR products, the emphasis is on realistic process simulation rather than image generation. Simulated images are produced but we acknowledge that these can never replace genuine clinical images as valuable learning tools. Images produced are designed to illustrate positioning and setup accuracy and the software aims to facilitate clinical skill acquisition in an academic environment.

 


Demonstration start to finish of a Scaphoid PA UD

 

Environment

medspace.XR is our plain radiography module and immerses the user in a digital radiography room complete with upright bucky stand, couch and chair. Users are able to navigate around the room and change viewpoint as well as interact with the equipment and patient. The high resolution 3D environment provides a sense of presence and realism unparalleled in medical imaging simulation.

Equipment

Users start by selecting a protocol and preparing the room as in clinical practice. Users simply click on the relevant control to “press” buttons or “turn” dials as in the real world. This makes for a highly intuitive control system that prepares users for those found in clinical departments while moving away from cumbersome menu structures. Adjustment of the equipment parameters is assisted for beginners by unique Beams Eye View and virtual tape measure aids.

Patient

The medspace.XR patient model is highly realistic and fully adjustable. The patient places themselves in an approximate initial position that is subject to a random error. This reflects the variability in real life; it is rare for a patient to place themselves perfectly. Positional adjustments are made by clicking on the body part and selecting the appropriate anatomical movement. Beginners can benefit from an option to visualise the patient skeleton; this is an ideal way to check anatomical landmark understanding. Final adjustments including positioning of radio-opaque markers and fully adjustable cassette holders are made before imaging.

Imaging

As in real clinical situations, imaging is conducted from behind a screen; reinforcing fundamental radiation protection practice and helping prepare users for clinical placement. Users can adjust a wide range of parameters while maintain constant supervision of the patient at all times. The software will display both the user’s image and the tutor’s “standard” for comparison. Uniquely, medspace.XR will animate the positioning change required to both patient and equipment in order to improve technique. This automated feedback is especially valuable to the user when they undertake independent learning using the module.

Administration

All medspace.VR products are designed with learning in mind and provide a wide range of features to facilitate learning activity design. Tutors are able to create “standard” setups and images that can be tailored to local practice while operating in as unrestricted a manner as possible. The software enables unlimited standard setups to be created and saved as a protocol for students to work towards. This process is rapid and simple, making initial setup straightforward. Additionally, users are able to interact with all the medspace.VR modules “off-protocol” and experiment with the room. The latter function is especially useful for recruitment and marketing events where potential students are able to “play” with the software while gaining an understanding of the medical imaging workplace.