Methodist Hospital Foundation: Educating with Anatomage Technology
Students at Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) are able to see inside the human body like never before, thanks to a new 3D virtual dissection table.
NMC is now home to this next-generation teaching tool called the Anatomage Table. It was made possible by the generosity of a former Methodist employee.
“This is a great resource. It helps to connect concepts learned in the classroom with a real-world application,” said Timothy Noonan, an NMC student.
Anatomage technology creates a high-definition 3D rendering from a 2D cadaver photo. Anatomy is presented as a fully interactive, life-size experience that employs touch-screen technology.
“We’re able to cut through every section of the body,” said Becca Bouckaert, an assistant professor at Nebraska Methodist College.
The table features four cadaver renderings – two men and two women – each with unique diseases. Users are able to visualize their anatomies exactly as they would on real cadavers.
“You look at this, and it looks like a real person,” Bouckaert said. “The technology is incredible.”
The Anatomage Table won’t replace the use of actual cadavers, but the technology allows students more access, more repetition and the ability to shift into quiz or case-study mode.
“You still need that feel, that touch,” Bouckaert said.
The excitement and promise of Anatomage
Eventually, the table could be used by Methodist physicians to prepare for upcoming surgeries or procedures. NMC also believes it will help attract new students to the college.
“The most exciting thing about the table is the strong interest,” Bouckaert said. “We have students from nursing, radiology, sonography, surgical technology as well as respiratory, occupational and physical therapy – all of these programs want to use it.”
Published benefits of the Anatomage Table include improved test scores and more efficient class and lab sessions.
The Anatomage Table was made possible by Bob Keckler, a 30-year Methodist employee who included Methodist Hospital Foundation in his estate plans.
“I told my students this was made available because of a gift,” Bouckaert said. “These are people who are pulling for you. It’s pretty great to have that support behind you.”