||5R44CA071300-03 Interpret this number
||Multi-Media Systems, Inc.
||Breast Cancer Examination Interactive Teaching Simulator
Multi-Media plans to develop a Breast Cancer Physical Examination
Instructional Simulator to teach physical breast examination techniques
and lump detection discrimination to health care professionals and
eventually to their patient populations. The system will consist of an
interactive digital video program providing instruction on breast
examination techniques integrated with an electronic silicone breast
simulator for practice of tactile skills. The instructional program will
teach a comprehensive examination technique, including systematic search
pattern, palpation topography and pressure. The interactive simulator
will provide practice and coaching feedback in tactile examination and
lump detection skills. It will train and evaluate competence on breast
examination technique and lump detection accuracy.
In Phase I, Multi-Media will produce instructional content scripts for the
program and a working simulator prototype with one interactive segment for
review by the Subject Matter Review Board for accuracy. Multi-Media will
test the prototype mechanisms for sensing user input and providing
feedback. The prototype and instructional segment will be validated by
two focus groups, health care professionals and patient populations.
Review findings will be incorporated into the final simulator prototype
and interactive scripts. Phase II will include production of the
interactive instructional program and simulator, informational brochure
and formal evaluation.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: The completed interactive digital video
instructional program and simulator will be distributed directly to county
health departments, teaching hospitals, community health care centers, and
other community groups, cancer centers, and breast cancer support groups.
The initial and ongoing demand should be strong because of the need for
thorough instruction in physical breast examination techniques and the
scarcity of effective methods for teaching these skills at a high level of
Effect of clinical breast examination training on practitioner's perceived competence.
, Finney L.J.
, Sander A.A.
, De Leon J.M.
Cancer detection and prevention, 2002; 26(2), p. 146-8.