February 10, 2016 — The Anatomage table is the first life-size, 3-D virtual dissection table with a fully interactive, multi-touch screen. The table makes it possible to virtually “slice” through all layers of the human body and even turn the body into X-ray mode. The table is portable and adaptable to many environments. In addition to the large table touch screens, scans may be projected or exported to external monitors or onto any flat surface.
The table software is loaded onto a powerful Windows computer and uses touch-screen technology to navigate through the many menus of structures, pathologies and pre-loaded scenarios of the human body. The Anatomage table as a simulation tool, comes pre-loaded with full-body female and male gross-anatomy scans. The full volume of the scans come from frozen, non-chemically treated cadavers. All of the imagery has been retained to represent the actual anatomical color and realism of a human body.
The Anatomage table is a collaboration between the Stanford University’s Division of Clinical Anatomy and a California-based, 3-D medical technology company Anatomage. Although the Anatomage software has been in use as a desktop software application for many years, currently there are only about 150 full- size tables worldwide. Until now, only the University of Central Florida and the Mayo Clinic were using the table in central Florida. There will be two tables available on Palmer’s Port Orange campus. One will be housed in the D.D. Palmer Health Sciences Library and the other in the dry-anatomy lab.
Orientation, training and how to manage the tables for students and faculty is planned for March and April. For now the library staff has started to conduct some demonstrations and is available to help students and faculty learn the different menu structures and table functionality.
“The table has already proven to be quite a popular attraction. Every time we take the cover off the table in the Library it always draws a crowd”, said Ed Murphy, branch manager librarian.
Source: Palmer College of Chiropractic