Radiography simulator brings a win for IT students

July 5, 2016

Murdoch University Games Technology students have been awarded for their work on a radiography assistant simulator.The development of a virtual radiography assistant simulator by Murdoch University students has earned the top gong at the WAITTA INCITE awards.

The INCITE Awards showcases Western Australian ICT innovation and excellence – recognising individual achievement, product innovation and project excellence.

The Best Student Project of the Year was awarded to third year Games Technology students Kane Osborn, Matthew Jones, Christopher Snook, Jason Sardi, Nicholas Borowitzka & Daniel Manganaro for their Games Technology project: Radiology Assistant Simulator.

The idea of the simulator was conceived by Dr Hong Xie from Murdoch’s School of Engineering and IT and Murdoch chiropractic researcher Associate Professor Jeff Cooley in 2014.

Dr Xie supervised the group of students from Games Technology unit ICT311 Advanced Games Design and Programming who developed a proof-of-concept for the award winning project.

Based on algorithms developed by Dr Xie, the team built a detailed model of an actual radiology suite and completed the substantial software engineering tasks required for the development of the simulator.

Professor Jeff Cooley acted as a client liaison for the project.

“I wanted to develop a virtual immersive teaching tool where radiography students could practise positioning patients and x-ray equipment without jockeying for time to practise in a lab,” Professor Cooley said.

“I have been really pleased with the work of the IT students who developed the idea up to a proof of concept level, and it is fantastic to see an idea being projected into a 3D environment.”

The 3D simulator includes a full radiography suite, including virtual equipment and patients.

“The students had to physically move around the room to manipulate patients, adjust machines and even walk over to grab a cassette to put in the x-ray machine,” Professor Cooley said.

“The program would provide results and feedback on their activities, and show them a picture of the x-ray they would have taken.

“This technology allows students to practise on their own time without needing a practitioner with them, but also offers a very real procedure to reinforce learning.”

The games techology students worked on a radiography assistant simulator.Matt Jones, who collected the award on behalf of the winning team, said the award was a very pleasant surprise as there were many amazing projects nominated for the award.

“The win was a great confirmation that other people found our project interesting and valuable,” he said.

“This project built on all the opportunities for project teamwork we have had during our undergraduate studies, and it was a fantastic way to gain experience in client liaison.”

Professor Cooley will continue to work with Murdoch’s School of Engineering and IT to develop the simulator to further extend the project.

The student team will take their project to the National iAwards on 1 September along with a second Murdoch team, supervised by Shri Rai, who developed a web-based application to assist in the rehabilitation of stroke survivors.



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