High tech Anatomage Table makes learning anatomy interactive


NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s School of Biological and Physical Sciences acquired the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system for anatomy education.  The Anatomage Table features life-size digital images of to examine the human anatomy with digital body cadavers that are completely annotated and fully dissectable.  High resolution visualization is available for nerves, blood cells, bones and internal organs.


“The School of Biological and Physical Sciences is thrilled to have this new, state-of-the art technology at our fingertips,” said Dr. Francene Lemoine, director of the School.  “The Anatomage Table will change the way that we teach anatomy and physiology to biology as well as nursing/allied health majors.”


Prior to the Fall semester, a company representative delivered the table to the newly renovated classroom in Bienvenu Hall where it will reside and conducted a day of demonstrations to highlight the machine’s capabilities. NSU’s Student Government Association funded the purchase of the table.


The Anatomage Table is both a virtual library of human and animal cadavers, as well as a clinical diagnostic tool by visualization of any Medical CT, CBCT or MRI scan. The operating table form can be transformed to a vertical position and all images are projects onto two large monitors for easier classroom viewing.


“The ability to integrate human cadaver images along with CT and MRI scans will allow us to prepare our students to work as medical professionals as we have never before,” Lemoine said.  “The Table is completely interactive and can be used not only for instructional purposes but also as a study tool for students.  Additionally, the Table contains animal images which can be incorporated into courses that aren’t focused completely on human biology, such as Comparative Anatomy, Comparative Vertebrate Physiology and Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology.”


Information on NSU’s School of Biological and Physical Sciences is available at sciences.nsula.edu.

Biology faculty in Northwestern State University’s School of Biological and Physical Sciences spent a day learning the capabilities of an Anatomage Table, a high-tech visualization system for anatomy education that was installed in a newly-renovated classroom last week. From left are Dr. Allyson Spence, John Byrd and Dr. Jerry Brunson with Alex Layyous, Anatomage representative, who highlighted features of the machine, which can lie flat like an operating table or be set in a vertical position for easier viewing. All images are also visible on large classroom monitors, partially pictured top left.