Novel Card Games for Learning Radiographic Image Quality and Urologic Imaging in Veterinary Medicine

J Vet Med Educ. 2016 Fall;43(3):263-70. doi: 10.3138/jvme.0715-108R. Epub 2016 Mar 11.


Second-year veterinary students are often challenged by concepts in veterinary radiology, including the fundamentals of image quality and generation of differential lists. Four card games were developed to provide veterinary students with a supplemental means of learning about radiographic image quality and differential diagnoses in urogenital imaging. Students played these games and completed assessments of their subject knowledge before and after playing. The hypothesis was that playing each game would improve students' understanding of the topic area. For each game, students who played the game performed better on the post-test than students who did not play that game (all p<.01). For three of the four games, students who played each respective game demonstrated significant improvement in scores between the pre-test and the post-test (p<.002). The majority of students expressed that the games were both helpful and enjoyable. Educationally focused games can help students learn classroom and laboratory material. However, game design is important, as the game using the most passive learning process also demonstrated the weakest results. In addition, based on participants' comments, the games were very useful in improving student engagement in the learning process. Thus, use of games in the classroom and laboratory setting seems to benefit the learning process.

Keywords: artifacts; card game; image quality; radiography game; radiology; urogenital game.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Artifacts
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate
  • Education, Veterinary
  • Educational Measurement
  • Humans
  • Play and Playthings*
  • Problem-Based Learning*
  • Radiology* / education
  • Urinary Tract* / anatomy & histology