Play in the reading room: Utilizing soft modeling compound to teach musculoskeletal anatomy and pathology.

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PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: Musculoskeletal (MSK) anatomy and pathology from a radiology perspective can be difficult to conceptualize and understand due to the challenge of visualizing 3D structures in stacks of 2D imaging. Consequently, trainees may benefit from inexpensive methods that can help trainees better visualize MSK anatomy and pathology. The purpose of this study is to provide proof of concept for inexpensive methodology to help learners such as radiology residents quickly and inexpensively understand musculoskeletal anatomy and pathology. This can help trainees become better at applying musculoskeletal knowledge to clinical practice.

INSTITUTIONAL METHODOLOGY: Soft-modeling compounds such as Play-Doh® was utilized in a variety of colors with pottery tools to recreate 3D models of challenging MSK anatomy and pathology for trainees. Qualitative feedback from the residents was collected.

RESULTS: Eighteen different pathological conditions across six major bone structures were modeled with a soft modeling compound. Residents qualitatively identified the experience as educational in terms of helping them better understand MSK pathology and positive in terms of making learning fun, less stressful, and memorable due to uniqueness of the learning modality. Residents report challenges modeling complex anatomical features and pathology via this methodology.

CONCLUSION: Radiology residents and other learners can enhance their knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and pathology via utilization of inexpensive soft modeling compounds. This may offer a cheaper and more time sensitive alternative to current 3-dimensional hardware and software technologies being developed for educational purposes. Additional work needs to be done to examine the utility of this methodology across larger and diverse groups of learners.




Diagnosis | Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Radiology




Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Medical Imaging

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