AcuMap vs Traditional Learning
November 2, 2019
Passed down from ancient China is the acupuncture practice of marking acupoints on the surface of a manikin. However, one large drawback is that although a student may know the precise acupuncture location, when practicing acupuncture on an actual patient, the student is not able to know whether what’s underneath is muscle, nerve, or bone. So the student might need to go through multiple rounds of trial and error until fully understanding the exact location of each acupoint. Through virtual reality simulation, We can visualize the needling direction location of insertion, and the exact location of bone, nerve, and muscle. This will increase the student’s confidence and facilitate the learning process. After the first year of school and completing the anatomy course, I would double confirm the exact location of the acupuncture point before insertion, for example, the interstitial seam between muscles or the adjacent blood vessel During our anatomy course I was curious if it was possible to observe the depth of penetration. But since the cadaver had little moisture content, the observation was not very accurate. The teacher would only show us the location of acupoints on the skin surface. However, the inner structures such as muscle, blood vessels and bones could not be felt until after penetration. If we can know your relative anatomy structures in advance we can avoid risky areas prone to excessive bleeding. What I like most is that during the needling process, the left controller window will display all the different layers penetrated by the needle tip, and let me know whether the needle tip will puncture an artery. Through VR, I can visualize whether a certain angle of needle insertion is safe and how I should perform to avoid puncturing the artery and to reach the desired location.