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24 September 2021, 19:10

VR technology helps teach future Belarusian medics

MINSK, 24 September (BelTA) – Proven Solution, a resident company of Belarus' Hi-Tech Park, has teamed up with the Belarusian State Medical University to introduce an educational process powered by virtual reality technology, BelTA learned from the Hi-Tech Park website.

Thanks to Proven Solution's platform Belarusian State Medical University students can now study auscultation. It is a diagnostics method, which involves listening for sounds generated by the work of internal organs. Now future medics can listen to patients' hearts and lungs in a virtual environment. The method is used in addition to the standard learning process.

A virtual environment offers a number of advantages since interaction with a real patient entails certain inconveniences and even risks. For instance, medics can listen only for a limited number of pathologies in one person. During their time in university students may even fail to encounter most of the pathological sounds the heart and lungs make. The COVID-19 pandemic has also affected the learning process and considerably limits opportunities for interaction with potential patients.

Virtual reality has none of these disadvantages, Proven Solution Company noted. Students can use VR to move about a genuine doctor's office, understand in what places they should listen for specific sounds, and understand their peculiarities in various situations.

The company intends to expand cooperation with the Belarusian State Medical University. In the future students will be able to assess external manifestations of various diseases and perform comprehensive clinical exams.

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