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October 28, 1968

Computer-Assisted Instruction in Nuclear Medicine

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver.

JAMA. 1968;206(5):1059-1062. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150050047010

As part of a broad project evaluating many uses of the computer in nuclear medicine, we are studying its potential role in teaching. Two computer systems are being used. One uses a teletype machine connected by telephone line to a time-sharing computer. This system is practical and relatively inexpensive. The other system is more flexible and uses a typewriter-keyboard connected on-line to a process-control computer. New computer languages have greatly simplified writing courses for these computers. We have tested ten courses designed for radiology residents and technologists and have shown that computer-assisted instruction is an effective method of teaching certain aspects of nuclear medicine. At present we are involved in trying to prove that in limited situations it offers advantages over more classic teaching methods.