Perspectus, U of Charleston partner on VR for medical students

Virtual reality company Perspectus is partnering with the University of Charleston (W.Va.) to launch a virtual reality lab where students can study human anatomy.

The lab features 30 computers and headsets. Students have an opportunity to use the lab in its fall 2022 soft launch; however, the lab will be more widely used in spring 2023, according to the Sept. 15 Perspectus news release.

During tests of Perspectus VR at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, 87 percent of students came away with a better spatial understanding of human anatomy.

"We are excited to offer virtual reality technology to enhance student learning," University of Charleston President Marty Roth, PhD, said. "As soon as we experienced the Perspectus demo, we knew this would be a gamechanger for core courses like anatomy and physiology, and in specialized healthcare programs like nursing, radiology, and physician assistant. The three-dimensional, highly customizable imaging dramatically enhances students' depth of understanding. And we can work with our hospital and other healthcare partner organizations to integrate content students will see in their clinical rotations, externships, and other applied learning settings, thereby providing better career preparation."

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