Karachi: The Ziauddin University in Karachi has introduced Pakistan’s first 3D virtual dissection table called Anatomage, at its new digital anatomy lab in Clifton, which will be used as a learning tool for university students of all years.
An inauguration ceremony was held in this regard in which the Chancellor Dr Asim Hussain said, “It’s the very first time in the history of Pakistan that Ziauddin University [is] introducing the 3D virtual dissection table which is being taken to all the campuses of Ziauddin University and hospitals to help students in getting technology-based learning”.
“It will be helpful for all medical and dental students, labs, radiologists, nurses, surgeons, doctors and house officers,” said Dr Bushra Wasim Khan, a Professor and Head of the Anatomy Department at Ziauddin University.
The table can be connected to different physical locations across all three campuses.
Anatomage uses the latest 3D technology to allow users to visualize every structure of the body in great anatomic detail.
Dr Abbas Zafar, a Professor and Dean of Ziauddin Faculty of Health Sciences, while talking to a private news outlet said that with the 3D dissection table “your finger becomes the scalpel”, adding that “You can visualize and rotate every organ at different angles and look at any cross-section.”
As per the university, Anatomage is the only fully segmented real human 3D anatomy system, meaning that with this technology any section cut through virtually will look exactly like it would in the body.
The 3D dissection technology was first invented by Stanford professors in the 80’s. They reconstructed the human body using cross-sections of real bodies, mapping all blood vessels, nerves and their connections.
The table is compatible with X-rays, CT scans and MRI, allowing detailed radiology reviews for students. The students will also be able to view how different disease processes affect the organs and how they would show up in imaging.