Objective: The “Fetal Brain Tutor 4us” (FBTApp) is a recently developed application for interactive multiplanar navigation through the normal fetal brain. The purpose of this work was to assess its impact on normal anatomy learning. Methods: A multiple‐choice quiz (MCQ) was administered to first‐year resident doctors in Obstetrics and Gynecology in two separate sessions, before and 2 weeks after downloading the FBTApp. For each MCQ, the junior trainee was asked to use one out of five items to label a specific cerebral structure on an ultrasound image of a normal midtrimester fetal brain. Six sonographic images of the fetal brain on each of the three scanning planes (axial, sagittal, and coronal) were shown to the participants at either session. The results of the two sessions were analysed and compared. Results: Overall, 216 questions were administered to the trainees in the 2‐week study, 108 before and 108 after the use of the FBTApp. From the first to the second sessions, a significant increase of correct answers was noted (from 47/108 or 43% to 77/108 or 71%, P < 0.01). Particularly, a better improvement was obtained in the correct labelling of cerebral structures on the nonaxial (from 32% to 67%, +35%) vs axial (from 67% to 81%, +14%) view planes of the brain (P < 0.01). Conclusion: The use of FBTApp seems capable to improve the knowledge of the normal fetal brain anatomy in subjects naive to dedicated prenatal ultrasound. This improvement seems greater on nonaxial planes.
Impact of fetal brain ultrasound tutor smartphone application on normal anatomy learning / Volpe, Nicola; Dall'Asta, Andrea; Schera, Giovanni Battista Luca; Di Pasquo, Elvira; Frusca, Tiziana; Ghi, Tullio. - In: PRENATAL DIAGNOSIS. - ISSN 0197-3851. - 39:4(2019), pp. 303-307. [10.1002/pd.5426]
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