The viewer and networking attributes of disect are specifically designed to support a variety of requirements in remote training and education.
In the photograph below the tutor and students have access to the same library of radiology files, stored locally on each PC or accessed from a central server. Importantly the students have autonomous control of their own disect station while taking directions and guidance from the tutor.
In order to assess each student's progress they can be issued with an electronic questionnaire which requires them to access particular radiology files, answer set questions by annotating the images on-screen, then paste the annotated images into the questionnaire.
If needed the tutor can connect their disect station with any of the student machines and give assistance more interactively during the session. Conversely any student can connect their machine with the tutor's station. Students can also connect their machines to each other, as indicated in the photograph above.
The network connection can also be extended to remote locations in order to, for example, allow students to participate in the lesson without needing to be in the classroom. Similarly experts in the field who are invited to cover specialist topics for the students can be networked into the teaching session from where ever they are.
Clearly the content of the teaching material is not limited to the medical example shown above and in fact can be applied to any teaching material and setting.
The work place
Consider for example a clinical setting. The consultant may be directing proceedings in the operating theatre, while the radiology images on display in disect are being shared with colleagues and junior clinicians at a remote location. Conversely, the consultant could be at a remote location and directing proceedings in the operating theatre by remotely manipulating the image on the disect station. In either case, disect adds considerable richness to the interaction between the clinicians and ultimately is instrumental in bringing a greater level of expertise to where it needs to be.
Radiographers are being increasingly trained to report X-rays and Ultrasound examinations and thus the ability to link radiographers and radiologists can aid training and the quality and accuracy of radiological reporting.
Other examples of disect assisting training in the work place include university research teams and the automotive industry.