Testing the educational potential of 3D visualization software in oral radiographic interpretation

Vuchkova, Julijana, Maybury, Terrence S. and Farah, Camile S. (2011) Testing the educational potential of 3D visualization software in oral radiographic interpretation. Journal of Dental Education, 75 11: 1417-1425.

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Author Vuchkova, Julijana
Maybury, Terrence S.
Farah, Camile S.
Title Testing the educational potential of 3D visualization software in oral radiographic interpretation
Journal name Journal of Dental Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0337
1930-7837
Publication date 2011-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 75
Issue 11
Start page 1417
End page 1425
Total pages 9
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Dental Education Association
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract There is heightened optimism about the potential of 3D visualization software as an alternative learning resource in radiology education. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of 3D visualization software on students’ learning of oral radiographic interpretation from 2D radiographic images. Fourth-year dental students underwent a learning intervention phase of radiographic interpretation of oral pathoses using 3D visualization software. The success of the educational intervention was assessed by quantitative means, using a radiographic interpretation test, and by qualitative means, using a structured Likert-scale survey, asking students to evaluate their own learning outcomes. It was anticipated that training with the rotational mode of 3D visualization software would provide additional depth cues, enabling students to create spatial-mental models of anatomy that they can apply to 2D radiographic interpretation of oral pathoses. Although quantitative assessment did not support this, questionnaire evaluations demonstrated a positive effect of the 3D visualization software by enhancing students’ learning about radiographic interpretation. Despite much optimism about the educational potential of 3D visualization software, it is important to understand the interactions between learners and such new technologies in order to identify potential advantages and limitations prior to embracing them as learning resources.
Keyword computers in dentistry
computer-assisted instruction
curriculum
educational technology
dental education
radiology education
3D visualization
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
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