The Power of Virtual Anatomy – UNLV School of Medicine

People will ask why we do a virtual
anatomy here rather than the old cadaver based system, and as a practicing
physician, I’ve practiced medicine for over 35 years; I graduated from medical,
started medical school 40 years ago. So that in medical school we spent two
hundred hours dissecting a cadaver and I can tell you that as a non
surgeon most of that I’ve forgotten. Most of what I do these days is look at CT
scans, and x-rays, and radiographs that tell me about the anatomy of my patients.
This is an example of how powerful this table is here this teacher can be beside
this and actually can start to focus in on different parts of that appendix. So
that you see the orderly cells, you can get down to the point where you’re
seeing actual chromatin or DNA. Transition from cadaveric anatomy to
x-ray anatomy is very difficult for most people. So that we’re using these
tables as a way to show what the anatomy looks like in three dimensions based on
the cat scan. For most people that’s hard to understand where all those things are
so the power in this table is we can change that into a 3d rendering from the
x-ray which then allows us to move the head in three dimensions. We can turn it.
You can see that there’s more to this skull fracture. There’s a fracture here
there’s a fracture of the jaw. If we wanted to look at at that from the
inside we can actually dissect away the skull and rotate it so we can see
the actual skull fracture. The tables serve as a way for us to teach very
important things to students. The first thing is that they need to learn the
anatomy in a way that’s they’re going to be using for the rest of their lives.
Secondly, they need to understand how the radiology that they’re going to be doing
as part of their evaluation fits into the anatomical process. The third
thing it does is it causes them to become better adult learners because
they not only have to learn if disparate two months while they learn anatomy. They
have to learn it in the setting of their entire medical career.

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