University of Bolton unveils £50,000 electronic dissection simulator table
IT may look like a giant smartphone or something from a science fiction film or TV drama Silent Witness.
But the latest teaching aid technology to arrive at the University of Bolton is cleverer than that — and much rarer.
It is a £50,000 electronic dissecting table — one of only two in the country.
It is now available for the continuous professional development of NHS staff studying with senior lecturer Chris Mulryan in the Clinical Simulation Suite at Bolton One.
Loaded with thousands of case studies built up by Stamford University in America, the electronic dissecting table enables students to study real-life medical conditions without having to deal with actual body parts.
Students can view the muscles, skeleton and nervous system from a number of angles, studying their relationships in a way not otherwise possible.
They can see dissected organs, the pathology of diseases and so better absorb detailed views of real-life medical conditions.
Mr Mulryan said: “Health professionals studying with me on postgraduate and undergraduate courses will be using the table when they study anatomy and associated clinical topics.
“The anatomarge electronic dissection table will revolutionise the way we can teach anatomy and aspects of pathology at the university.
“This interactive tool will enable us to provide the very best preparation for health professionals, ensuring that they understand the anatomy of patients and further equipping our graduates for their critical caring roles.
“So far the reaction from my students has been one of ‘wow’.
“Many have even come in early and stayed late to study on the table.”
The only other electronic dissecting table in the country is at Imperial College London.
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