The VRLC’s centerpiece is the Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table, developed at Stanford University, which – as its name suggests – brings anatomical images to life, allowing students to dissect the body and move through layers of tissue to see the structures inside. With the touch of a finger, students can expand the size of a body section to study its details, and turn that body part – or even the whole body – 360 degrees, to study it from all angles.
For centuries, human cadavers have been used to train doctors, who benefit from seeing and touching actual human tissues and organs. The Anatomage table does not replace the cadaver experience, but rather broadens and deepens the information it yields through the use of more than 300 life-sized anatomical visualizations taken from scans of real patients and cadavers. Anatomage also makes deeper study of anatomy possible for health sciences students in colleges that typically do not have access to cadavers.