Students gain practical knowledge and develop real-world skills to help them achieve career goals

A virtual simulator is connecting students to experiential learning


Students gain practical knowledge and develop real-world skills to help them achieve career goals

Editor’s note: This story originally appeared online on MCCC’s news site and is reposted here with full permission.

Montgomery County Community College Radiography student Christie Biswas got plenty of practice taking an X-ray of her patient’s forearm, without ever having to step foot inside an imaging room.

Wearing a pair of virtual reality goggles with headphones strapped to her head and holding a remote controller in each hand, Biswas lifted her arms into the air and lined up the X-ray tube over top of her digital manikin patient’s wrist. Then she walked out of the simulated exam room and into the control room, taking care to shut the nonexistent door behind her completely in order to take the X-ray image.

In reality, Biswas was standing in the middle of a small classroom inside the MCCC’s Health Sciences Center. The VR equipment she wore was connected to a desktop computer in the corner of the room by a couple of cables.

“It was fun. I did not realize how much time went by,” said Biswas, after her first experience using the new technology. “It was really fast. I thought I knew where my body was in the room, but I clearly did not know where my body was in the room.”

Biswas is just one of many MCCC Radiography students who will have the opportunity to use the new VR software to practice this semester. In fact, the program has already begun generating buzz, as it is the first program in the country to use the technology in this way, according to Dr. Cheryl DiLanzo, Dean of Health Sciences, and Lance Longwell, Director, Communications and Public Relations at Siemens Medical Solutions.

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