Thanks to the world’s largest Virtual Reality (VR) anatomy lab where the students at Taipei Medical University are finally being able to see every internal organ, muscle and tissue in 3D detail.
As multiple users can join a virtual space and experience a human anatomy demonstration, the lab, which opened late last year, allows the students to both train by themselves and in groups.
Through the emergence of the VR, the teachers have now become navigators and the medical students have become travellers who earlier used to work hard only because they found their destination as a doctor beautiful, will now find their path interesting. This new feature will boost their interests and make them more curious to know the human body with proximity.
The new software of Virtual Reality contains more than 4,000 realistic human organs, body structures and physiological animations. While users can walk around in a virtual environment, they get the ability to observe the respective angles of the body, which includes the skeleton, blood vessels, muscles, tissue, nerves and organs.
Even though, students must visualise how organs, nerves and veins work together within the human body, no such technology existed to make this possible. Researchers earlier used to rely on 2D models and textbooks which limits the ability of the students to accurately portray dimensional perceptions.
Virtual Reality enables up to 300 students to study the human body simultaneously which was still not possible through tablet devices and digital anatomy which have been generally used to study anatomy.
Nevertheless, this new software also supports dynamic anatomic models that simulate how the heart contracts and the movements of valves in a beating heart muscle accurately.
In order to demonstrate different angles of the body structure, lecturers have already implemented the new technology at the medical school. Combining the VR tools with more traditional education techniques like studying with cadaver have been planned.
Also, during all stages of matriculation, the university will be developing VR specific curriculum for students and will try to arrange more applications for the VR tools in the Advanced Medical EMBA courses, School of Continuing Studies and into summer camp curriculum for high school, middle school and elementary school students.