VR Enhances Most cancers Care Training, Coaching: IAEA

This was the case in Mozambique, the place IAEA debuted its digital actuality prototype in July 2023 throughout a nationwide coaching course on excessive dose fee brachytherapy – a therapy that can be utilized for cervical most cancers, which accounted for greater than a 3rd of the nation’s new most cancers circumstances in 2020. Underneath an IAEA challenge to strengthen the radiotherapy service at Maputo Hospital – Mozambique’s solely facility geared up with an oncological ward – over a dozen medical professionals obtained this coaching.

“The brachytherapy unit was not but operational to deal with sufferers after we delivered the course, so the VR device was a giant assist. It additionally gave the contributors the prospect to repeat sure e-learning modules instantly, which you can not do with an actual affected person, when each minute counts,” stated Paulo Alfonso Varela Meléndez, one of many course’s instructors.

In a digital atmosphere, professionals can familiarize themselves with most cancers therapy procedures, follow methods and improve their general preparedness with out direct affected person involvement or earlier than precise gear is in place. This optimizes the general studying expertise and ensures that medical practitioners are properly geared up to supply exact and efficient care.

In Dakar, Senegal, the IAEA used its digital actuality device in an e-contouring workshop it had organized in the course of the African Organisation for Analysis and Coaching in Most cancers’s (AORTIC) Worldwide Convention on Most cancers in Africa. By the coaching session on 3D brachytherapy for cervical most cancers, over 160 radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists and radiation therapists improved their sensible medical information and expertise in outlining a affected person’s organs and the tumour(s) that want therapy. For a continent which faces a disproportionate burden of cervical most cancers deaths, the IAEA’s digital actuality mannequin helps promote the protected, efficient and environment friendly therapy of this illness.

“The 3D digital actuality device is an important innovation, particularly for early-career oncology professionals studying brachytherapy procedures. This mannequin affords a patient- and radiation-free atmosphere for learners to follow. Its easy-to-use and installation-free nature makes it invaluable in areas the place radiotherapy services could also be restricted,” emphasised Ntokozo Ndlovu, one of many workshop contributors.

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