The Body Issue:
Study suggests digital models can help medical schools, which face a shortage of cadavers, teach students human anatomy.
Cutting into a digital cadaver can be more educational than the real thing for certain medical students, a new study found.
The study, “Use of Computer-Aided Holographic Models Improves Performance in a Cadaver Dissection-Based Course in Gross Anatomy,” compared the ability of 265 first-year med students to identify anatomical structures when looking at cadavers, preserved body parts and digital models. It found that especially students who are struggling in med school appear to benefit from being taught anatomy in several different ways.