Hyderabad, July 21, 2023: The International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH) has established a virtual reality facility at Osmania Medical College (OMC) to introduce advanced technology-enhanced teaching.
Currently this is geared towards teaching anatomy, a major for first year MBBS students. The facility was opened by Prof. PJ Narayanan, Director of IIITH, in the presence of Dr. Shashikala Reddy, director of the OMC, inaugurated.
The inauguration was followed by a session by Dr. Janaki Vuppala, Head of the Department of Anatomy, OMC. In this session, a large class of UG1 students were taught neuroanatomy using a VR tool developed by IIITH. The VR tool for teaching neuroanatomy was developed as part of a project by Prof. Jayanthi Sivaswamy and her team, where she was the main researcher on the project. SERB of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India is funding this joint project with the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram. This project also promoted the establishment of the VR facility at OMC.
According to Prof. Jayanthi Sivaswamy, “The VR solution developed in this project enables the integrated teaching of macroscopic and radiological anatomy for UG1 students.” This integration is essential as image-based radiological anatomy is a central part of clinical practice. However, the integration has not yet been carried out at the UG1 level.” Prof. Sivaswamy is known for her research in the field of medical image processing. Her group’s work on the Indian brain atlas has attracted a great deal of media attention.
“Virtual Reality is the key technology behind the highly anticipated Metaverse. It is about faithfully representing a physical space on the computer and creating interesting visualizations for different purposes. VR has tremendous potential for teaching, where abstract concepts can be shown and explained with vivid 2D and 3D visualizations of the underlying process.
Anatomy lessons are suitable for the application of VR. This project makes a small start with neuroanatomy, explaining the parts and structures in the brain using 3D images, interactive manipulations, and so on. We anticipate that this small beginning in collaboration with Osmania Medical College will have a major impact on anatomy teaching in the future,” said Prof. PJ Narayanan.
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