Augmented reality Application for pulmonary auscultation learning aid

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: Hireche, Lyna (1); Medina-Galvis, Sergio-Camilo (1); Rusca, Roger (2); Pinsault, Nicolas (3); Thomann, Guillaume (1)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble INP, G-SCOP; 2: Pol'Air, private physioterapist, Grenoble, France; 3: Univ. Grenoble Alpes, physiotherapy School
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 0697-0706
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During some applied anatomy lessons, physiotherapist students must develop a skill of locating and recognizing underlying anatomical elements, from surface palpations, or through clinical tools on their classmates. For this, precise procedures exist and students have to mobilize knowledge acquired from different types of resources: support documents from the teacher, anatomical charts (books, drawings, diagrams), dissection videos or even internet resources. They also need more practical time and exercises. The issues facing students relate to the availability of these resources during the procedure, their relevance, the mobilisation of resources to practice and the applicability in a real situation.

This project stems from a desire to make Augmented Reality technology available to students, to help in learning precise clinical procedure, in our case the location of the auscultation points using a stethoscope. The aim would be to supplement the real environment of the student during his learning on a person, by the possibilities of having additional resources according to its needs (auscultation points superimposed on a 3D representation of the lungs).

Keywords: Design education, User centred design, Innovation

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