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IAEA’s VR cancer training revolutionises global oncology education

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has introduced virtual reality (VR) models to revolutionise cancer treatment training globally. Launched in July 2023 in Mozambique, these models have already trained nearly 180 medical professionals across Africa. VR offers a cost-effective solution, especially for low- and middle-income countries where access to traditional training facilities is limited. The IAEA’s VR models cover procedures like external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy, crucial for treating cancers like cervical cancer, prevalent in regions like Mozambique. Participants can practice techniques without patient involvement, ensuring preparedness. In Dakar, Senegal, the IAEA employed VR in an e-contouring workshop, enhancing practical skills for over 160 professionals. These models, integrated into the IAEA’s e-Learning Platform, aim to address the global gap in cancer care education. With support, the IAEA plans to expand language options and include more cancer types, inviting partnerships to advance this innovative training initiative.

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