The first time you touch a cadaver is unforgettable for most medical students. But across the country, future physicians are beginning to use virtual cadavers. Is the experience the same as feeling an actual human body, skin, and organs?
Virtual cadavers range from a simpler tablet app to a large 3-D dissection table that are build by Web designers and come from scanning an actual cadaver. The technology is improving every day and it allows students to study 24-7, whereas many cadaver labs host limited hours on campus.
But there are limitations as well. With a virtual cadaver you can’t move a muscle and look underneath it or get the chance to feel the internal organs. But advocates for the technology say that virtual cadavers are simply an addition to the traditional training and won’t replace actual cadavers.
Have you used a virtual cadaver? Tell us about the experience. Do you think using virtual cadavers will make medical training better?