Using actual patient data and life-size graphics, VERT can reproduce almost every scenario virtually in the classroom. Students can take their time to learn and ask questions. The entire treatment process from start to finish can be replicated so students can see the results and discuss what could have been done differently. The VERT system provides students with a safe environment free from time pressures commonly encountered in busy radiation therapy departments.

In addition to VERT, the Foundation grant also provides for the purchase of PEARL, a new and innovative patient education computer program that enhances the ability of radiation oncologists, nurses and therapists to communicate complex treatment planning to patients and their families, thus decreasing anxiety prior to therapy. With PEARL, clinicians can show patients how their actual treatment is planned and administered.


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