Interventional radiology simulation: prepare for a virtual revolution in training

J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2007 Apr;18(4):483-90. doi: 10.1016/j.jvir.2006.11.005.


It is becoming increasingly difficult to learn interventional radiology (IR) skills because there are fewer "straightforward" invasive diagnostic imaging studies, a reduction in the time available for training, concerns about patient safety, and changing patient perceptions. Computer-based simulation has the potential to allow an operator to realistically perform a virtual procedure with feedback about performance and could remove at least some of the patient's role during the learning curve. To do this effectively requires a strategy for integrating simulator models into curricula and the development of standards for their validation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Certification
  • Clinical Competence
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction* / instrumentation
  • Curriculum
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods*
  • Humans
  • Radiology, Interventional / education*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • User-Computer Interface*