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J Med Radiat Sci. 2018 Jun;65(2):158-162. doi: 10.1002/jmrs.282. Epub 2018 May 13.

Radiation therapy patient education using VERT: combination of technology with human care.

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Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW, Australia.


The Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) system is a recently available tool for radiation therapy education. The majority of research regarding VERT-based education is focused on students, with a growing area of research being VERT's role in patient education. Because large differences in educational requirements exist between students and patients, focused resources and subsequent evaluations are necessary to provide solid justification for the unique benefits and challenges posed by VERT in a patient education context. This commentary article examines VERT's role in patient education, with a focus on salient visual features, VERT's ability to address some of the spatial challenges associated with RT patient education and how to combine technology with human care.

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