Central Community College adds Anatomage Table to biology classroom
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Central Community College recently purchased a device to help out biology students enrolled in anatomy and physiology courses. The ‘Anatomage Table’ gives students access to 3D anatomy visualization and virtual dissection right at their fingertips.
CCC biology instructors, Stu Williams and Larry Schmitt, said it was taking some time to get used to the technology, but it had already been useful during lessons.
Williams said the previous vice president of the college had initially made an attempt to bring the Anatomage Table into the biology program four years ago, but added it was quite the process to get the $62,000 device.
“It’s a lot of money and a lot of administrators came together and so, we’re very grateful to have it but it’s eye resolution, we have four cadavers loaded in this Anatomage Table — two males and two females, and the amount of information is unlimited,” Williams said.
He continued to say, right now its harder than ever to get physical animals to dissect into the classroom because many animal shelters were moving toward the ‘no-kill’ policy. He said, though having actual specimen to dissect could come with many benefits, especially for those in medical school, there were a few ways the table could also facilitate the process.
“Real-life cadavers have many issues with them,” he said. “There’s ethical issues, there’s storage issues, there’s all sorts of laws attached to those and they take up a lot of room.”
Students enrolled in both anatomy and physiology one and two courses were getting to use the device.
Schmitt said he and his students had also been using the Anatomage Table. He admitted, it had changed the way he was teaching in his classrooms.
“Before, we were just using models, like behind me, and bones, and muscle slides, etc. Now, I’m starting every class with, ‘This is what it looks like on the real body, this is where it is,’ and then we go look at the pieces,” Schmitt said.
Four cadavers were downloaded on the device to begin with — each one representing actual human body parts. Schmitt said they were looking to adding more in the future.
The Grand Island CCC was one of the first two locations who had an Anatomage Table. Williams said the other two campuses were in the works of getting one as well.
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