Palpation -Chest Expansion

Palpation is the process of using one's hands to examine the body. The health care provider touches and feels the body to examine the size, consistency, texture, location, and tenderness of an organ or body part. Chest expansion is  assessed by determining the depth and quality of movement on each side of the chest.  User can note down the thumb distance that displays when patient inhales/exhales through the virtual activity.


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Simulation Type

Condition, Using interactive animation

Gender Specific





     Unilateral lag

     Chest indrawing



     The system will display a patient’s chest region including a side panel showing images for posterior  and anterior view.

     User can click on  the desired view to test the chest expansion in selected position.

     Click the toggle button, ‘Inhale/Exhale’ to expand/contract thorax.

     Observe the movement of thumbs like how far they spread apart; system will display the thumb distances from the center point.