Taiwan has imported its first Anatomage Table, a virtual library of human cadavers used by medical students to learn anatomy and diagnostics.
The table, made in the US, offers medical students a chance to do virtual dissections on digital images of actual cadavers, young and old, on a life-sized touch screen.
I-Shou University’s School of Chinese Medicine associate professor Jou Ming-Jia (周明加) said the table offers 360? rotation of images, high-resolution magnification from 0.4mm to 0.1mm, as well as a clear view of the nervous system and blood vessels that are otherwise hard to observe.
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The device makes it easier for students to understand the structure of the human body, Jou said.
As opposed to operating on a cadaver, the table allows students to repeat operations and also eliminates the need for a cadaver, ventilation and preservation equipment, management personnel, and storage, Jou said, adding that this makes the table more environmentally friendly.
Assistant anatomy professor Liao Chih-kai (廖智凱) said that first and second-year students use the table to develop a basic knowledge, and the table is used in clinical education for third and fourth-year students who also use cadavers.
Lessons on the nervous system or blood vessels now offer a closer look at details with the introduction of the table, a second-year student said.
“I feel that the table helps encourage students to engage with the subject,” he said.
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