WBZ-TV: Virtual anatomy table provides ‘view into the body like never before’

Dr. Mallika Marshall examines the UMMS Anatomage table

By Ellie Castano

UMass Medical School Communications

April 29, 2014

It only at arrived at UMass Medical School last fall but the Anatomage virtual anatomy table is attracting lots of attention on- and off-campus. WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall highlighted the state-of-the-art teaching and diagnostic tool in a segment that aired on April 28.

“UMass is one of the first schools in New England to acquire one of these tables,” said Dr. Marshall. “It’s like a gigantic computer tablet that allows users to take two-dimensional digital information and convert it into three-dimensional, life-size models that can be flipped, rotated, dissected and spliced.”

Anatomage is just one of the powerful teaching tools available in the interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS) that opened last year in the Albert Sherman Center. Anne Gilroy, a long-time anatomy teacher in the School of Medicine, co-author of the widely used medical school textbook Atlas of Anatomy and resident Anatomage expert, showed Marshall the basics of the tool.

“For residency training, this is ideal,” said Gilroy, who is associate professor of cell & developmental biology and director of imaging and anatomy resources for iCELS. “They can look at cases that they may never have an occasion to see during their residency, but will need to know about.”

Third year medical students Pamela Lu and Scott Pascal also spoke to Marshall about Anatomage.

Watch the full story here: UMass Medical Uses 'Virtual Anatomy' To Teach Students