In France, developed the ideal virtual corpse for the training of future doctors
Students of medical universities around the world are experiencing a serious shortage of corpses for study. And this despite the fact that due to improved communication between medical institutions, the volumes of unclaimed body parts have decreased to a minimum. Part of the problem is due to the success of transplantology – people prefer to sell their organs, rather than bequeath bodies to educational institutions.
However, to teach young doctors on something is still necessary, so at the Medical University of Montpellier drew attention to virtual technologies. The team, led by Professor Guillaume Captier, developed two samples of digital corpses, which today are the best, most detailed and accurate in the world. Because they are made from nature.
The work is carried out in cooperation with the company IMA Solutions, which created the 3D scanner Artec 3D. The real corpse was consistently prepared, removing the tissue layer by layer – skin, muscles, arteries, etc., in just eight levels. At each stage, the scanner created digital images of the layer, which then were collected in a special software. Now at the disposal of physicians there is a model that realistically reacts to the depth to which the doctor’s scalpel will enter and how wide he will make the incision.
At the current stage, models of two basic parts of the body, neck and pelvis are created, the scanning and digitization of the hips and limbs of the corpse is on the turn. Before the team, there are constant difficulties associated with the different transparency of the matter for the scanner and with small details, so the project progresses more slowly than we would like. The first virtual autopsy students can hold no earlier than at the end of this year.