September 1, 2017By Lance Baily

New UNLV School of Medicine Utilizes Power of Virtual Anatomy With SECTRA Tables

The newly launched UNLV School of Medicine is already utilizing emerging technologies to improve learning outcomes of their first class, showcasing their use of the SECTRA Dissection Table. Check out the power of today’s virtual anatomy tables and why the UNLV School of Medicine chooses to use them in their anatomy curriculum. Dr. Jeff Fahl walks through how the medical school is using this new technology to revolutionize teaching medicine. Medical students will attend classes in the newly designed learning space at the UNLV School of Medicine Shadow Lane Campus, in the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District. The new high-tech facility is designed to enhance student learning with individual and small group meeting spaces.

Students will receive two hours a week of intensive anatomy experience during the school’s scientific foundation phase. In addition to working with the virtual anatomy tables, students will use anatomic models and skeletons to further their knowledge. They also will observe cadavers professionally dissected by Emilio Puentadura, associate professor in the UNLV physical therapy department. In short, UNLV School of Medicine students will experience a state-of-the art approach to learning that will prepare them for medical practice with a sophisticated, three-dimensional understanding of the structure of the human body.

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About the SECTRA Table

Sectra Table is a multi-touch screen for interactive learning and teaching. It comes with an anatomy atlas and model cases (a number of pre-prepared clinical cases based on medical images), but you can easily add your own cases. Sectra’s offering also includes a workspace for advanced preparation and organization of cases. The table is similar to using a smartphone. By simply touching the screen, you can interact with the image intuitively. You can swipe, scroll, zoom, rotate and navigate inside the images as well as remove layers of skin and muscle and dissect the body with a virtual knife. Interacting with images throughout the learning process supports the tactile memory, making students better prepared to transition from virtual to real. Sectra Table is ideal for problem-based learning and developing critical thinking. With the right cases, the table allows students take on an exploratory approach to their education.

When interpreting clinical images, students often benefit from having a reference. Sectra Table includes an interactive whole body atlas built on real anatomy from the Visible Human Project® and a human anatomy atlas. Students can visualize and interact with over 2,000 anatomical structures in 3D and cross-sectional views as well as hundreds of quizzes.

Learn more about the new UNLV Med School and the Sectra Table

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