The Development of a Computer-Based Teaching Simulation Tool to Aid Medical Imaging Educators in Teaching Pattern Recognition

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Sibusiso Mdletshe & Marcus Oliveira


The aim of this exploratory design science research (DSR) study was to design a computer-based teaching simulation tool (CBTST) for training medical imaging (MI) students in chest pattern recognition. A DSR methodology used in the design of the CBTST entailed the following phases: 1) awareness of the problem (proposal design); 2) suggestion; 3) development; 4) evaluation; and 5) conclusion. The CBTST was designed using Microsoft Visual Studio which operates on the Structured Query Language server. The designed CBTST was evaluated using the System Usability Scale (SUS) and MI educators. The designed CBTST evaluation yielded an average score of 70.1 which exceeded the score of 68 which is generally accepted to indicate that the CBTST has good usability. The CBTST proved to be an authentic tool that is user-friendly and allows communication and feedback between the educator and the students. It is envisaged that the implementation of this tool will enhance the future training of MI students in pattern recognition while contributing immensely to the current development of the use of computer-based simulation.

KEY WORDS: Pattern recognition; Software development; Computer-based teaching simulation; Medical imaging; Implicit skills.

How to cite this article

MDLETSHE, S. & OLIVEIRA, M. The development of a computer-based teaching simulation tool to aid Medical Imaging educators in teaching pattern recognition. Int. J. Morphol., 38(5):1258-1265, 2020.