VERT for Education

The explanation of complex theoretical concepts and techniques used in radiation therapy and the application of the concepts and knowledge gained is highly challenging. Linacs are constantly busy treating patients and students often feel pressured when learning in this environment and feel additional pressure not to make any mistakes that could cause harm to the patient. Without having a linac available in the classroom to bridge the theory practice gap students can struggle to grasp the concepts of anatomy, technique and treatment delivery.

A flight simulator for radiation therapy

VERT provides a state of the art training facility where students are free to learn in a non-pressured environment and can make mistakes safely and learn in their own time. Education providers benefit from a new and innovative technology for radiation therapy training. A tool that students readily engage with to help visualize key concepts and techniques

VERT provides the following benefits for educators

Image courtesey of University of West of England

A Linac available when you want to train.

Students are engaged, eager to learn and can make mistakes safely.

Carry out initial competency assessments in a safe environment.

Joined up thinking for module design and delivery.

Combine anatomy and technique teaching using VERT.

Students can critique their own treatment plans and simulate delivery.

A "Linac in the classroom".

 VERT™ provides the following benefits for students

Learn in a safe and engaging, non-pressured environment.VERT

Students develop psycho- motor skills and become familiar with hand controls prior to clinical placement.

See inside the patient. Improve understanding of spatial anatomy, cross-sectional anatomy and surface anatomy using VERT.

Ask questions about techniques seen in clinical practice and create treatment plans for peer review and discussion. 

Visualise the plan and see the beam trajectory through the patient. This helps students to understand the concept of exit dose, planning to avoid organs at risk and integral dose.

  Student experience.

Student using VERT“...the simulator, even the physical controller, is just like the real thing. It's 100 per cent right on. It sounds like the real machine, it moves like the real machine, every component that you can control at the cancer centres themselves, you can control with the virtual reality machine.”

Sanj Jassi - Third Year Radiation therapy Student, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver, Canada

“VERT is quite simply stunning and has proved to be a good teaching aid, as it backs up what has been discussed.  For example, one technique requires the linac head to be parallel to the contour of the patient's skin and we were able to practice this in VERT first before trying it on an actual patient. The 3D element has the real wow factor, as it gives the sensation of being able to walk through the body. Having used VERT to revise techniques, I feel certain that I will come back to work on the system after qualification as part of my continuing professional development.”

Dawn Bowers, qualified radiation therapist.

 Educator experience.

"I think patients will realise that there's less hesitation on the part of the students, there is more confidence.... as well as less chatter between the student and the actual therapist on what should and shouldn't be done. I think the whole experience will be more professional perhaps, or confidence inducing even, for the patient."

Lorraine Clark-Roe, Program Head, Radiation Therapy, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Vancouver, Canada.

"One of our students commented that during an exam question for pituitary technique, they were able to answer the question not just on what they had seen onVERT Malta paper but what they were able to visualize from the VERT session."

Mark Holland, Senior lecturer, Birmingham City University.


Find out more about how an Immersive VERT system has benefitted the educators at Birmingham City University please click here.