Students studying health sciences at Montgomery County Community College this fall
will use revolutionary new technology to study human anatomy and physiology.
MCCC bought two Anatomy Tables this past spring for students and faculty to incorporate into their study of
the body. Anatomy table is the most technologically advanced 3D anatomy visualization
and virtual dissection tool for teaching anatomy and physiology, according to its
Students using the machine will soon be able to peel off and explore each layer of
a digitally recreated body, starting with the skin and musculature, through to the circulatory system
and the central nervous system and everything.
“The anatomy table was developed to provide an actual dissection of a human cadaver
without having a human cadaver, ”said Cheryl DiLanzo, Dean of Health Sciences. ” Through
Using this chart, students will be able to understand the spatial anatomy which is crucial
in health care and STEM. ”
Health science courses such as anatomy, physiology, biology, nursing, dental hygiene
and other programs are likely to strongly integrate the use of the machine into their
work, she said.
“There is no program that cannot use it for something,” said DiLanzo.
“It looks like a regular table, but it’s really amazing.”
The two tables can be used separately on the Blue Bell and Pottstown campuses.
They were purchased with a Carl D. Perkins grant from the State of Pennsylvania
Ministry of Education, for funding a technology that advances the goals of Career
Students of technical education for the professions of tomorrow.
“It’s a very cool thing to be able to go to both campuses,” DiLanzo said, adding professors.
have already started to rave about the machine. “The faculty can demonstrate an anatomy that
they teach in the classroom and highlight specific areas such as vascularity, bones,
and organs very easily. The table can be used in person, or students can also learn
remotely while teachers teach at the table. In addition, teachers can add
cadaver pathologies, so that students gain a better understanding of this
conditions can resemble a human body. Faculty can integrate case studies, labeling,
quizzes and additional instructions for students. ”
Machine approximately 7 feet by 2 feet by 3 feet incorporates two touch screens
computer monitors connected to a Windows 10 operating system to project a
rendered image to manipulate. The images are based on the corpses of four deceased
people whose bodies have been donated to science and digitally scanned. The program
also includes CT scans of each patient, as well as a case library section of the software,
where over 1000 CT / MRI scans of different people with case information
are available for review, said Matthew Kilbride, Instructional Technology Simulation
“All are from the National Library of Medicine’s Visible Human Project“said Kilbride, who features complete, anatomically detailed three-dimensional features
representations of a male human body and a female human body. “There is a male and
female asian corpse and there is a male and female caucasian corpse. The two Caucasians
are from the Visible Human Project from the United States, and the two Asians from Korea,
which is labeled as Visible Korean Human. ”
The approximately 300 pound machine can be converted vertically and horizontally and
incorporated for lectures, presentations and / or small group work situations. In
software users can manipulate the 3D image to zoom in and out and rotate the body
as required. Different customizable menus allow users to focus on certain sections of the
the body, such as the head and neck or even just the front part of the skull,
“For each structure and category, you are able to put a label in the three-dimensional
space, ”Kilbride said. “You can also add annotations. So you can create your own
DiLanzo thanked Kilbride for helping everyone familiarize themselves with using the
“I can’t sing her praises enough,” she said. “He knows this table. The table has so much
many uses. He has conducted virtual and in-person training. He came on board and really
took this as his project and spearheaded it for us. ”
For more information on the anatomy table, visit his website.
This press release was produced by Montgomery County Community College. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.