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A worldwide shortage of dead bodies for medical use has pressured scientists to come up with new ways to train future doctors.
Researchers from Montpellier Medical University in France are using 3D scanners to create 'virtual cadavers'.
Increase - Programs - Increase - Demand - Cadavers
A worldwide increase in medical programs has led to an increase in demand of cadavers, as simultaneously there are fewer unclaimed dead bodies around the world.
Researchers hope that a virtual cadaver could teach students the basics of dissection.
Faculties - France - Students - Access - Opportunity
'In many faculties, in France and abroad, not all medical students have access to the opportunity to practice dissection for learning anatomy,' Guillaume Captier, a surgeon and professor at Montepellier, said to DailyMail.com.
'This is even more true in countries where dissection is prohibited or not practiced,' he continued.
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Captier's team created two separate virtual dissections: one on a neck area and one on a pelvis.
He performed the dissections on a real cadaver, layer by layer. At each level, technician Benjamin Moreno scanned the flesh and body parts onto the computer using an Artec 3D scanner, stacking them so the whole body is visible.
Dissection - Interface - Touch - Screen - Simulation
Virtual dissection can be used with a web interface or with a professional touch screen for surgical simulation.
Since 2010, the High Authority of Health (HAS) in France recommended that teaching of surgery and technical gestures...
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