Anatomage Anatomical Display Table at NMUH
The Anatomage Table is in the NMUH Ferriman Library for four weeks beginning February 19th . It is available for initial demonstration and then use in reserved time of 1 hour sessions. A number of you are already booked as individuals or as part of a group that your organiser will have informed you. For any others interested see available times please go to
To submit a reservation request, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking will not be confirmed until you receive an e-mail. Links to various helpful documents and videos are shown at the end
There may me some flexibility in attending demonstrations already booked (blue) depending on numbers.
It has been reported that there has been a reduction in the teaching of anatomy over the years at Universities were increasing numbers of medical students have less opportunity to perform cadaveric dissection
There has been a significant drop in hospital requested autopsies over the last 30 years. It is also been suggested that the level of anatomy knowledge in postgraduate medical and other healthcare trainees maybe inadequate. There is therefore a need for innovation for vocational training requiring anatomy and morbid anatomy learning. Though it is unlikely to replace cadeveric dissection the Anatomage table is a virtual cadaver showing life-sized male and female bodies that is described by its makers as a “unique, life-size interactive anatomy visualization table for the medical community” . This device allows undergraduate and postgraduate students to investigate the human body by virtually dissecting it.
Reference See article in Daily Mail
The Anatomage table has some distinct advantages. In the UK and elsewhere around the world legislation regarding the donation and use of human bodies and tissue is in force. Also the material used for preservation of cadavers is also under scrutiny for health reasons particularly in the EU. Being virtual these laws and codes do not apply. Whilst the cost of the table is substantial this should be viewed in the context of its potential use in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of a wide variety of healthcare professionals that are expected to have an understanding of anatomy and morbid anatomy. This virtual cadaver table allows the user to explore real, three dimensional images of the human body (both male and female) through a touch screen interface. With this in mind the I have been given the opportunity to assess the Anatomage Table. North Middlesex Hospital has been loaned a demonstration model of the Anatomage Dissection table for four weeks. In this short time the aim is primarily to assess the value of the table for a number of groups and how useful these groups found the table.
Current features of the table include
- Zoom and rotate the body and structures,
- Remove and virtually slice organs
- Adding or remove veins, arteries, nerves or other tissue
- Layer and segment the anatomy.
- Notes and observation maybe added to identify anatomical structures
- Image projection onto a separate screen using the external slots
- Import and display data from MRI and CT scans of patients which can then be recreated into virtual cadavers
Potential and future potential
- Create and integrate programs and quizzes,
- Integrate with tablets
- Feedback devices for the table to allow users to touch and feel the virtual bodies.
- Library of anatomical images of cadavers of different genders, BMI and ethnicities
- Incorporate curriculum examples
- Public education eg through sixth form and
- The table could be integrated into numerous courses eg
- Anatomy revision for Surgical and other Postgraduate medical trainees
- Anatomy courses for Healthcare Students without access to cadavers
- Induction courses for Anatomical Technicians and Embalmers
- Integrate with Morbid Anatomy (Anatomical Pathology) training of undergraduate students and junior trainees
There is also an opportunity to assess where would be the best site for the table
Where should it be sited?
- Anatomy Department
- Medical Library
- Pathology museum or department
- Other museums
The Anatomage dissection table is a novel and innovative way of learning anatomy and morbid anatomy. Using a life size touch screen three dimensional images allow the learners opportunities normally associated with cadaveric dissections. As the start up cost of the device is not insignificant the aim of the study is to assess the ease of being trained to demonstrate the model and to how wide a group of clinicians and students could use it. The hope is by integrating it’s use with clinical practice it would make it financially viable.
Quick start guide
The extensive image library
The full manual
Extensive playlist of tutorials