A 3D virtual medical imaging suite : bridging the academic-clinical training boundary

Gunn, Therese, Berry, Clare, Bridge, Peter, Braithwaite, Vicki, Mahoney, Gaynor, Rowntree, Pamela, Starkey, Debbie, & Wilson-Stewart, Kelly (2013) A 3D virtual medical imaging suite : bridging the academic-clinical training boundary. In SimHealth 2013, 16-20 September 2013, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD. (Unpublished)



The Medical Imaging Training Immersive Environment (MITIE) system is a recently developed virtual reality (VR) platform that allows students to practice a range of medical imaging techniques. The aim of this pilot study was to harvest user feedback about the educational value of the application and inform future pedagogical development. This presentation explores the use of this technology for skills training and blurring the boundaries between academic learning and clinical skills training.


MITIE is a 3D VR environment that allows students to manipulate a patient and radiographic equipment in order to produce a VR-generated image for comparison with a gold standard. As with VR initiatives in other health disciplines (1-6) the software mimics clinical practice as much as possible and uses 3D technology to enhance immersion and realism. The software was developed by the Medical Imaging Course Team at a provider University with funding from a Health Workforce Australia “Simulated Learning Environments” grant.


Over 80 students undertaking the Bachelor of Medical Imaging Course were randomised to receive practical experience with either MITIE or radiographic equipment in the medical radiation laboratory. Student feedback about the educational value of the software was collected and performance with an assessed setup was measured for both groups for comparison. Ethical approval for the project was provided by the university ethics panel.


This presentation provides qualitative analysis of student perceptions relating to satisfaction, usability and educational value as well as comparative quantitative performance data. Students reported high levels of satisfaction and both feedback and assessment results confirmed the application’s significance as a pre-clinical training tool. There was a clear emerging theme that MITIE could be a useful learning tool that students could access to consolidate their clinical learning, either during their academic timetables or their clinical placement.


Student feedback and performance data indicate that MITIE has a valuable role to play in the clinical skills training for medical imaging students both in the academic and the clinical environment. Future work will establish a framework for an appropriate supporting pedagogy that can cross the boundary between the two environments.

This project was possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia.

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ID Code: 67502
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Additional Information: This project has been made possible by the funding from Health Workforce Australia
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Keywords: Virtual reality, Medical Imaging , Education, Simulation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Radiology and Organ Imaging (110320)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 19 Feb 2014 00:08
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2016 05:42

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