Indiana University Fort Wayne medical imaging students are now able to get first-hand experience outside of a clinical setting – all without risk to patients.
The health science university recently added an ultrasound simulator to the campus’ simulation lab. The new technology, a CAE Vimedix high-fidelity ultrasound simulator, gives students the opportunity to perform exams they would otherwise only experience in a clinical setting.
The manikin-based system replicates real-time visual, physical and ergonomic attributes of ultrasound scanning, enabling students to develop essential psychomotor and cognitive skills needed to achieve proficiency in ultrasound scanning. Before this technology, students were only able to scan normal anatomical structures. Now, with CAE, students can experience more than 50 pathological conditions common to pelvic and obstetrics exams, and some they might not normally see.
“It is difficult to put into words how lucky we are to have such a wonderful piece of technology and all the positive ways it is impacting our students’ learning,” said Stephanie Williamson, Director and Lecturer of Diagnostic Ultrasound and Imaging Sciences.
The simulator also has many advanced features that help accelerate learning and comprehension of cross-sectional imaging. With guided instruction, students can view live ultrasound images alongside an anatomical rendering.
“The feedback is extremely helpful to students who are just learning to identify ultrasound anatomy and I have seen firsthand how quickly students are able to grasp the concepts utilizing this technology,” said Williamson.
IU Fort Wayne offers a bachelor's degree in medical imaging with concentration options in radiologic technology and ultrasound technology.
“Our campus is dedicated to advancing the intellectual growth of its students through research, quality educators, and advanced technology,” said Williamson. “We are so proud of the students that come through our programs and, in turn, give back to our wonderful community.”