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Virtual Cadaver? 3D MRI/CT Visualizations? Anatomy Software?

3 Steps Help Determine if This Technology is Right For Your Institution

October 19, 2016

SCOTT RODENBURG, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Innovations in computer visualization and radiology have fused, creating new opportunities for medical schools, health science and biology curriculums, and allied health programs. These opportunities enable students at all levels and from diverse fields of study to learn using real anatomy. With the new technology, institutions provide access to real anatomy at a fraction of the investment needed to add or expand cadaver resources. In many cases, the virtual cadaver lab provides real anatomy to students who would otherwise learn only from illustrations.

Why teach from an artistic representation when you can use the real thing?

BodyViz anatomy software uses MRI and CT scans to create interactive 3D visualizations for use in anatomy curriculum, patient education, and preoperative planning. With BodyViz integrated into curriculum, institutions give students and instructors unlimited access to real anatomy. BodyViz virtual anatomy is non-destructive and can be used repetitively for virtual dissections, case studies, examinations, and student-driven exploration.

Even though integrating BodyViz into curriculum is simple, we know that the decision to purchase is complicated and impacts a lot of people. With BodyViz and other similar tools, it is important to bring together administration, program leadership, and course instructors and get answers to critical questions before you buy:

Program leadership

  • Will the new technology fit our learning environment?
  • Can the technology be used in multiple courses?
  • Will the technology help instructors achieve learning objectives in the classroom and the lab?

Instructors

  • How will this impact current curriculum?
  • Is the technology easy to learn?
  • Can I use this technology in multiple courses?
  • Will student have access to the technology outside of class time?

Administration

  • How do I maximize the return on investment?
  • Will this help our accreditation process?
  • Will this technology increase faculty and student recruitment and retention?
  • Will this technology differentiate us from similar institutions?

Answering these questions paired with thoughtful preplanning leads to successful technology integration. In my interactions with instructors and institution leadership at tradeshows, I hear this story far too often: “We invested in this promising technology, and now it sits in the back hallway. No one uses it.”  My goal is to make sure this never happens with BodyViz.

When institutions take time to try before they buy, technology integration is almost always successful. Next time you make a technology purchase, follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. OBSERVE in action.

You need to see the technology in action before you buy. One simple way to do this is search YouTube and websites for relevant videos. In the two-minute video above, you will see how BodyViz makes real anatomy accessible for repeated exploration, dissection, demonstration, and procedure planning. Instructors easily integrate BodyViz into current curriculum, annotate anatomical features, create new lessons, add interactivity to current lessons, collaborate with other instructors, and share content.  

  1. LEARN from success.

Gain valuable insight and perspective by talking with instructors, students, and administrators at institutions that have integrated the technology. In the article linked here, you will learn how University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio uses BodyViz anatomy software to provide students unprecedented access to real anatomy. UT Health Science Center is just one example of how BodyViz improves anatomy curriculum and instruction. We work very closely with higher education institutions that include medical schools like UT Health Science Center as well as universities, four-year colleges, allied health programs, and community colleges.

  1. TRY before buy.

There is no substitute for actually running the technology yourself. Find a way to have each of your stakeholder group use the program, press the buttons, and ask questions. Don’t forget to include the students. Because trial is so important, the BodyViz team gives onsite and online demonstrations all the time. We show instructors how to load patient data, perform a virtual dissection, and annotate visualizations.  During an onsite demo, users can click through curriculum, take an anatomy exam, and work through a case study. Online, we tailor the demonstration to the institution’s objectives.

Helpful Links

Article-Virtual Dissection 101

Article- Supplementing into Current Curriculums

Article-Power of a Pilot Study

Case Study-Idaho State University

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