In a year’s time, medical students in Singapore will be able to see a patient's abdomen through a simulated X-ray vision. They can use an augmented reality program that will enable them to see and feel the insides of an abdominal manikin, and learn about diseases and symptoms. Called MediSIM, the program allows the students to learn about the human anatomy without causing inconvenience and pain to real patients. Users don a headset and examine the abdominal manikin, which has interchangeable organs. They can see and feel the physical symptoms of the virtual patient.
"This is no substitute for real patients, but this can allow students to get some clinical experience, especially early on, without inconveniencing our patients, " said one of the creators of MediSIM, Associate Professor Erle Lim of NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. The program, which was developed with Carnegie Mellon University, piloted in Singapore in 2017.