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University invests in virtual reality tool for new medical students

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Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The University of Luxembourg is actively preparing for the new Bachelor in Medicine, which will start in September 2020. The University has announced the acquisition of a highly advanced 3D virtual dissection table “Anatomage.”. This virtual tool will enable medical students to explore human anatomy beyond the constraints of a real human body. The Anatomage Table is on display from 23 October to 6 November 2019 on Belval Campus.

 

Virtual reality is currently transforming medical education with the development of new teaching tools and methods. In line with its digitalisation strategy, the University of Luxembourg offers an innovative approach to teaching descriptive and topographic anatomy by acquiring a highly sophisticated and versatile tool. With the help of the virtual anatomy table, students from the new Bachelor in Medicine will be able to dissect 3D bodies and focus on different pathologies.

“The Anatomage Table responds to our needs by offering a high-level and cost-effective solution. It provides for a very innovative way of teaching anatomy and enables a good transition towards medical imaging. Teachers can use it to prepare different scenarios and organise exams, whereas students can carry out tests. The solution is far more convenient than creating an anatomy lab which requires management of bodies, compliance with legal aspects and so on,” explains Prof. Gilbert Massard, Director of Medical Education at the University of Luxembourg.

During the demonstration phase, the University hopes to attract many interested visitors from academia and industry to the anatomy table. Maria Angeliki Pavlou, Project Manager for Medical Education at the University of Luxembourg, describes the table as “a fully interactive multitouch screen, on which students can perform dissections by cutting layers of tissue using a virtual knife. The underlying data are from real patient scans or bodies, and thus highly accurate. More than 120 pathology examples can be simulated. The instrument has powerful radiology workstation features, it can be used for radiology, surgery case review, patient consultation, and research purposes as well as anatomy education.”

The table will be available at the University of Luxembourg as of September 2020.