In Health Sciences studies, the acquisition of skills to perform invasive procedures largely depends on practical training through clinical simulation. Technological advance has influenced the simulation for the learning of “non-technical” clinical competences (decision making, communication, etc.) through “high fidelity simulation”, but has not had any impact on “low fidelity simulation” used for learning technical skills. In this type of simulation, the student learns to perform the corresponding techniques using anatomical models that reproduce a part of the organism.

The main goal of this project is the development of an AR software that, combined with anatomical models, facilitates the student's acquisition of technical skills in performing invasive clinical procedures, through the visualization of internal anatomical structures.
When students learn invasive procedures on these anatomical models (meaning techniques that require “invasion” of the body using needles, tubes and other devices) they make the effort to imagine the internal anatomical structures, which in these types of procedures play a role. essential. Thus, the possibility of visualizing these internal structures will improve understanding of the techniques and can be an important added value for learning.
Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the technologies with high potential in multiple areas. It consists of combining virtual images with images of the real world. Thus, AR complements the real world, it "augments" it with virtual content, but does not completely replace it, as in the case of virtual reality. RA, due to its characteristic of combining reality with virtual images, is ideal for solving the difficulty encountered in learning invasive procedures with anatomical models, the lack of visualization of internal structures.


The project is developed in collaboration with three European higher education institutions, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Coimbra (ESEnfC), Erasmushogeschool Brussel (EhB) and Public University of Navarra (UPNA) and the Industrial Augmented Reality (iAR) company. The project design pays special attention to those relevant aspects that will facilitate the integration of this new software in other European higher education institutions, which will strengthen the role of higher education at regional and European level.


The Public University of Navarra was founded in 1987 and in its academic offer it has 18 Degrees, 2 double Degrees and 29 Master's degrees.


Coimbra Higher School of Nursing, ESEnfC, is a Portuguese public institution of higher education, as well as a center for the creation, dissemination, criticism and transmission of culture, science and technology, developing its activities in various fields.


Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel, EhB, is the Brussels School of Higher Education characterized and advocates for a student-oriented curriculum that encourages continuous exchange between teacher and student.


iAR is a company specialized in software development with Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Vision. Since 2015 it has developed applications in the Android, iOS and Windows operating systems for all types of mobile devices (phones, tablets, glasses, helmets).