Virtual Dissection in Nursing

Virtual Anatomical Dissection for Transforming the Learning of Human Anatomy

The TLTC funds awarded for this project will be used to purchase an Anatomage Table for the Anatomy Lab in the new School of Nursing Clinical Learning Center.  For centuries, physical dissection has been the standard method for students to learn human anatomy, but costs have become prohibitive. The Anatomage Table provides an affordable, renewable alternative that suits the learning style of today’s students who are highly skilled in and engaged by virtual technology.

The software for the Anatomage Table was produced from multiple MRIs and CAT scans to create life sized images.   Dissection is done on an 85” long computer screen by interactive touch.  The “cuts” can be made at any angle or depth.  Reverse dissection is possible, so the body can be rebuilt from the skeleton up, adding internal organs, skeletal muscles and skin.    Mistakes can be corrected by using “undo” and students can start their dissections or reconstructions again and again.  The pathology software can be used to examine structural abnormalities such as a fractured bone or the site of a brain aneurysm.  This project will evaluate how best to use this technology to enhance active student learning.

Project Team:

Teresa Bruggeman, Assistant Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing

Ray Blush, Clinical Instructor in Nursing, School of Nursing

Janean Holden, Associate Dean of Research, School of Nursing