OT Anatomy Students Dissect with a Point and a Click


Students watching a virtual dissection in OT Anatomy class.

Students in Offiong Aqua’s class, Clinical Anatomy of the Upper Quadrant, Oral, Pharyngeal and Laryngeal Cavities, got a chance to do virtual dissections during their January course. Using multi-view cadaver software created by NYU Langone Medical School, students worked on a 3-D view of the human body.

“With clicks we can remove skin and dissect a real cadaver layer by layer and study every structure in the body,” said Aqua, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. While this 3-D software cannot replace the hands-on learning that takes place with a manual dissection, Dr. Aqua believes that it is a valuable tool that can help supplement a student’s learning of human anatomy.
He noted that the software is the first of its kind used in medical institutions in the United States.
Student watching a virtual dissection on a projector screen.