Anatomage Table

Anatomage Table

A DIGITAL TEACHER

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Anatomage Table is the latest digital equipment which has revolutionized the teaching of Anatomy and Surgery in Medical Education. This tool is found in less than hundred colleges in the whole world. Davao Medical College is the only Medical College in the Philippines that has the "Anatomage Table". Mohamed Ghani, Director LIMRA during his visit, was wonderstruck by the use of the Anatomage Table in the classroom and in the hospital. He made an interview with the Dean of Davao Medical College regarding this tool. Some excerpts from the interview are given here ->

Mohammed Ghani: How do you say that this Anatomage Table help the medical students to learn in a better way?

Dean: In teaching the concepts of Anatomy in Medical Education, the Anatomage Table is a boon for both the students and the professors. The Anatomage Table is a combination of unique hardware and software for the educational community. The form factor resembles an operating table or hospital bed and the real patient contents perfectly illustrate the anatomical realism of a living human. The Anatomage Table can be used directly during lectures since it connects to projectors. Instructors can create and demonstrate procedural material, making lectures more dynamic and engaging to students. The Anatomage Table is an excellent supplement or replacement to cadaveric studies. With the segmentation features, each system or anatomical structure can be separated and reviewed individually. This advanced tool is found in less than 110 medical colleges in the whole world. Its dimensions are 86"x28"x33". We have installed it at a heavy cost in order to make our teaching more effective and communicative. It is also used to explain the diseases of the patients.

Mohammed Ghani: If this Table offers all these possibilities, then the students will not see a real part of a human body at all. Will it be a good learning system?

Dean: Yes, you are correct. The student does not stop their learning with this tool alone. He switches over to a cadaver and confirms what he has learnt from the Anatomage Table. Moreover, our medical university is attached to five hospitals with 3,200 beds. They are all multi-specialty hospitals where the students get trained with real patients who suffer from many ailments. The Anatomage Table offers a precise knowledge of human anatomy. This knowledge helps the student's learning when he views and learns the parts of a cadaver or the patients. So, the Anatomage Table is a complete educational tool; but that does not matter that a student has to stop with that. The student moves, later on, to learn with the real patients and used the knowledge he gained through this Table.

Mohammed Ghani: Quite interesting. How does it help the patients?

Dean:A software called "Invivo5" is embedded in the Anatomage Table. This is based on Radiology. A patient can be made to lie down on this table; the doctors and the patient's relatives can see the x-ray vision of any part of the patient's body. Thus all can view how the particular part of the body is affected by a disease. We can see the body from different angles. They can be recorded and could be explained to the patient himself. When a fracture of a bone occurs or a part of the body is affected by the cancerous growth of the tissues, they can be shown to the patient. We can also inform the proposed treatment to the patient and how it could cure the affected part of the body. This Anatomage Table keeps a library and we can take out study cases analogous to a patient's illness and make out a comparison for the better understanding of the disease of the patient.

Mohammed Ghani:Do we have problems with the present method of understanding the parts of the body by using a cadaver? How does the Anatomage Table solve the problems?

Dean: So far, the medical students used to cut off the parts of the body of a dead person, which we call 'cadaver'. It is very difficult to get dead bodies. Moreover, to keep the dead bodies in a better condition, we have to use Formaldehyde, methanol, phenyl and other solvents. Now with this digital tool, we are free from such chemicals.

Mohammed Ghani:What are the other safe and modern functions that this tool offers?

Dean: The Anatomage Table can be used directly during lectures since it connects to projectors. Instructors can create and demonstrate procedural material, making lectures more dynamic and engaging to students. The Anatomage Table is an excellent supplement or replacement to cadaveric studies. With the segmentation features, each system or anatomical structure can be separated and reviewed individually. The size of the sample of a cadaver cannot be maximized or minimized. But with the Anatomage Table, we can magnify a part of the body to any extent based on the screen size. The teachers can demonstrate to students of all ranges the location and functions of stents, clamps, implants, and grafts. The 3D patient scans can be cut and rotated in any direction to truly show medical devices in a new and intuitive way. Further, one can learn about a part of the body repeatedly as many times as he wishes. This is the best feature that we have.

Mohammed Ghani:You said about a library in this Table. What is it?

Dean: The digital Anatomy Library that comes with this tool has over 120 pathological examples. It features rare and clinically relevant data sets of real patients. Each patient case comes with a full radiology report to give context to the student. The 3D patient scans can be cut and rotated in any direction to truly show medical devices in a new and intuitive way. The Anatomage Table opens any medical imaging data and provides high quality interactive 3D renderings. Whether it is your own scan or one of the Digital Anatomy Library cases, the Table shows full 3D anatomy that can be intuitively controlled. Anatomy and radiology can now be seamlessly introduced and integrated into the same course.

The Anatomage Table offers a precise knowledge of human anatomy. This knowledge helps the student's learning when he views and learns the parts of a cadaver or the patients.

So, the Anatomage Table is a complete educational tool; but that does not matter that a student has to stop with that. The student moves, later on, to learn with the real patients and used the knowledge he gained through this Table.

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