The Anatomage Table and its related products have been utilized widely in many major schools, hospitals, clinics, and institutions all over the world and the US. The use of the Table in these institutions has resulted in qualitative and quantitative improvements for both students and medical professionals. Read the case studies below to see how various institutions have incorporated the Table into their curriculum.
Case Studies Featuring The Anatomage Table
CT-Based Virtual Dissection Improves Student Performance In Gross Anatomy Courses
University of Heidelberg Medical School
Researchers from the University of Heidelberg, German Cancer Research Center, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology partnered to quantify the benefit of virtual dissection tables and cadaver CT scans on student learning of radiologic anatomy. Three groups of a total of 238 medical students were compared in a multiple choice general anatomy exam during first year gross anatomy. Average test scores of students trained in radiologic image interpretation and cadaver CT scan access performed significantly higher when compared to students trained only with radiologic image interpretation or with no radiologic image training. As such, the incorporation of cadaver CT scans and life-sized virtual dissection tables improve performance of medical students in general gross anatomy courses. Radiologic training and virtual dissection should be considered as a part of standard curriculum.
Table Usage Beneficial For Anatomy Courses In Community College Settings
Tarrant County College
Tarrant County College purchased three Anatomage Tables for their different campus locations to implement into their Physical Therapy Assistant, Anatomy & Physiology, and Emergency Medical Technician programs. Student perceptions of the Table were also investigated with a qualitative research study focusing on radiographic positioning courses. Main Table features such as the virtual scalpel and rotation tools were used to expose structural relationships while also removing overlying anatomy. The Table was used in both lecture settings as well as small student groups to review anatomy and pathophysiology content in lab. Students had the ability to review anatomy from all angles, which helped them better conceptualize unique pathologies. Integrating the Table into each program’s curriculum provided students the ability to use the Table as a consistent study tool and learn in a more integrative classroom setting.
Anatomage Table increases exam scores and GPA for imaging science program
University of Nebraska
The University of Nebraska Medical Center received their Anatomage Table in 2014 to implement into their imaging sciences courses. Faculty wanted students to gain exposure to clinical case studies while actively engaging with 3D anatomical structures. Since receiving the Table, they’ve been researching quantitative student outcomes in conjunction with the implementation of the virtual dissection table. Compared to before the Table was implemented, there was an increase in overall student exam scores and GPA. Students perceived that the Table positively impacted their learning by allowing them to better visualize relationships between body systems. Additionally, they felt that using the Table in class had a positive influence on their classroom experience and fully prepared them to enter health care professions. These positive perceptions continued to increase throughout the course of the semester.
Visualizing Human Structures & Pathologies In High School Anatomy Courses
The Harker School
The Harker School was the first private high school to acquire the Anatomage Table. Since The Harker School did not have access to cadavers, digital cadavers and virtual dissection tools were provided to their students to improve the educational process in anatomy courses. Implementation was focused in the AP Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology courses. The Anatomage Table fostered student engagement and critical thinking. Students easily mastered anatomy terminology and dissection as a whole. The faculty introduced comparison anatomy to their curriculum with the help of pre-installed medical image library. The Table serves as a great introduction to technology, moving away from focusing solely on textbooks and anatomy models.
Promoting Spatial & Conceptual Learning Of Anatomy In Biology Courses
Prairie View A&M
The Anatomage Table is used in various science courses in Prairie View A&M University’s Biology Department. The institution has an average lecture size of 32 to 64 students with a total of 500 biology majors. At any given time, there will be an average of six students around the Table during the laboratory class. The Table is used in over five different courses, focusing on gross anatomy, physiology, and biology. Faculty chose to adopt the Table to improve conceptual and spatial understanding of anatomy in science courses. They also utilized the Table in radiology technician courses to provide real-time X-ray visualization. Students responded overwhelmingly well to using the Table for anatomy education, virtual dissection, and exposure to radiologic imaging.
Clinical Education & Surgical Planning With The Anatomage Table In Medical Simulation Labs
Parkview Mirro Advanced Medical Simulation Lab
Parkview Mirro Advanced Medical Simulation Lab uses the Anatomage Table in a multitude of disciplines and health services. The Table is used to educate health care providers such as surgeons, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Moreover, the Table’s ability to view and virtually cut into real patient 3D images and models allows for it to be a useful tool for endovascular procedures and surgical planning. The Table is also used as a patient education tool, bridging the gap between doctor and patient understanding while increasing overall patient satisfaction.
Detailed Exploration Of 3D Structures In Virtual Anatomy Labs
Towards the end of 2015, anatomy classes at Life University officially switched from traditional cadaver labs to virtual anatomy labs. Life’s Virtual Anatomy Lab includes eight Anatomage Tables for students to utilize in head and neck, visceral, and musculoskeletal anatomy courses. Anatomy courses mainly utilized the labeling and animation features to highlight specific structures on the full body cadavers. The Table’s features allowed for students to see spatial relationships in 3D for all listed anatomy in the course. The 3D multi-layered visualization options for the cadavers and regional structures allowed for students to have a detailed understanding of body systems. Beyond integrating the Table into lectures and group learning exercises, the Table allowed for later study and reflection of course material. Overall, students were able to actively collaborate with instructors as well as their classmates.