Perspectus and the University of Charleston offer next-generation virtual reality education lab

CHARLESTON, WV–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starting this fall, students at the University of Charleston, West Virginia (UCWV) will study human anatomy in 3D, with the launch of a dedicated virtual reality (VR) lab, thanks to a partnership with Perspectus, Inc., a Colorado-based virtual and mixed reality technology company.

“We are excited to offer virtual reality technology to enhance student learning,” said University of Charleston President Marty Roth. “As soon as we experienced the Perspectus demo, we knew it would be a game-changer for core courses like anatomy and physiology, and in specialty healthcare programs like nursing, radiology, and assistant to the physician. Highly customizable three-dimensional imaging greatly enhances students‘ depth of understanding. And we can work with our hospital and other healthcare partner organizations to incorporate content that students will see into their clinical rotations, internships, and other applied learning settings, thus providing better career preparation.

Completed in August 2022, the UCWV lab is one of the most advanced VR education labs in the country, featuring 30 high-powered computers with high-resolution headsets to access Perspectus VR technology. The lab will have a soft launch this fall and will eventually be used in multiple programs by spring 2023, including biology, radiological sciences, nursing, and physician assistant programs.

Perspectus VR allows users to enter a virtual world where they can manipulate anatomical structures and view them from any angle and magnified to any size. Layers of muscles, blood vessels, and bones can be added, deleted, marked, or shaded in different colors to show their interrelated parts. Users can also render patient X-ray images, such as an MRI or CT scan, to view them in true 3D.

“No matter how accurate a textbook or a digital image, there will always be a breakdown in communication and understanding when students see two-dimensional versions of three-dimensional structures. Perspectus VR solves this problem by displaying images as they appear in nature, eliminating the need for data translation,” says Erick Miranda, COO of Perspectus. In initial testing at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Perspectus VR improved understanding of spatial relationships and anatomical systems for 87% of students.

“We continually explore the latest technological innovations that can enhance student learning and place our students at the forefront of their field of study,” added Scott Terry, CIO of the University of Charleston. “With this new virtual reality lab, we are not only helping our students develop the critical thinking needed to provide quality care, we are also preparing them for a future where technology will improve access to healthcare and the quality of these.”

The University of Charleston is the largest and fastest growing private nonprofit institution of higher learning in the state of West Virginia. Based in Denver, Colorado, Perspectus, Inc. is the virtual reality industry leader, using its patented software platform to provide virtual reality solutions to higher education, healthcare and commercial users.

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