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Southeast Asian medical students dissect in the virtual world

27 March 2013

Students at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine will be the first in Southeast Asia to do virtual dissection using a fully interactive 3D tool.

An in depth examination of the colon using the Anatomage
An in depth examination of the colon using the Anatomage

Also in use at Imperial College London, the Anatomage Table offers an unprecedented realistic visualisation of full body, life-size anatomy in 3D. Its intuitive touch operation allows students, for example, to use a virtual knife to remove layers of tissue or to view the body’s internal structures and at the same time to fully rotate the body, all with the swipe of a finger.

Imported from the United States, it delivers accurate anatomic details and is widely acknowledged as an excellent tool for teaching anatomy.
“LKCMedicine is one of a few medical schools in the world to be using the Anatomage Table, and the only one in Southeast Asia," said Dean Professor Dermot Kelleher. "At Imperial we have been using it to great effect in research and clinical settings, and at LKCMedicine, the Table will be used primarily for anatomy education during the students’ first and second years.

"Users can also upload their own patient data - for example from MRI or CT scans - to showcase to students real patient anatomy in a life-size scale. The Anatomage Table may also be used for clinical and residency training in the future,”

Singapore’s newest medical school, jointly set up by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Imperial College London, is ready for its first intake of students in August this year.

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