News | Remote Viewing Systems | May 01, 2019

University of Toronto Partners With IMS for Emergency Radiology Simulation

IMS Web Viewer selected for ER Simulator exam study

University of Toronto Partners With IMS for Emergency Radiology Simulation

May 1, 2019 — International Medical Solutions (IMS) and the University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging have signed a partnership agreement to assess the performance of diagnostic radiology residents using IMS Web Viewer within a simulated Emergency Radiology environment. The program is part of a larger study being funded by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) to determine the effectiveness of the ER Simulation testing program.

The two-year research project is being led by  Eric Bartlett, MPH, M.D., assistant professor and program director of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the University of Toronto. Residents from 10 Canadian Universities plus up to 10 U.S.-based programs will be taking the simulation assessment to demonstrate competency in an emergency radiology setting before being scheduled for after-hours emergency call shifts.

"The objective of our study is to determine the competency of our residents using this high-fidelity, realistic simulation experience. We hope the 'Sim' will enable our residents to better understand their roles in the emergency radiology setting, including all of the tasks and responsibilities that will be expected of them," said Bartlett.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared imaging technology, allows physicians to engage in interactive, web-based assessments, on any device using full fidelity DICOM images. The diagnostic assessment represents the first high-fidelity simulation experience in emergency radiology for trainees.

"One of the challenges that I encountered in the project was finding a full fidelity DICOM web viewer that worked well on a variety of devices and low bandwidth connections. I evaluated several solutions available in the market and selected the IMS Web Viewer for my research simulation project because I found it to be simple to use on any device and reliable in all types of network conditions. As a leading educator, this represents a huge breakthrough in how we evaluate, test, and deliver medical education for our residents," added Bartlett.

In addition to testing residents, the investigation may inform future revisions to the ER Simulator and foster further collaboration between global residency programs. If successful, the IMS Web Viewer could become a key solution for competency-based testing and programming throughout North America and beyond.

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