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Anatomy students work on life-size virtual cadaver at University of Edinburgh

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Image caption The virtual cadaver has been created from CT scans

Anatomy students are to work on a life-size virtual cadaver at the University of Edinburgh.

The new 3D device - one of the first of its kind in the UK - will allow students to investigate the human body by virtually dissecting it.

It has been created from CT scans allowing the body to be seen from front to back, side to side and upside down.

Teachers say the digital Anatomage Table offers different opportunities to working on a real corpse.

Unlike a real dissection, in which body parts can only be removed, students can add or remove organs, veins, arteries, nerves or tissue.

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The new device joins another novel teaching tool at the university - a life-size 3D anatomical hologram which is the largest of its kind in the world.

Prof Gordon Findlater said: "The beauty of the Anatomage Table is that you can rotate and view the body in all three planes in a unique 3D experience.

"Although it will never, I believe, replace the experience of dissecting and handling a real cadaver, it will allow students to handle a virtual cadaver without all the legislation that accompanies the use of a real one.

"So far we have received a lot of good feedback from the students and surgeons who have tested it out."

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