High school students learn 3D dissection

High school students learn 3D dissection

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DE PERE, Wis.- (WBAY) -- Students at West De Pere High School in De Pere, Wisconsin say anatomy class just became a lot more interesting.

That's because 3D dissection technology has replaced animal specimens.

It was just after Christmas when Mrs. Anthon's anatomy class received what students say is better than a present -- and they're still blown away by it.

"I've never seen anything like it. It's just awesome, really," says junior Dane Federman.

Thanks to a partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, students have the ability to study the human body like never before.

"Virtual cadaver dissection of real, actual human cadaver specimens and images day to day in our classroom, instead of relying solely on animal specimens and a few field trips here and there," says science teacher Ashley Anthon.

In the center of the classroom is what's called the Anatomage Table Alpha.

"This table allows us to remove things one small layer at a time, so we can take the skin off and now we can look at all the muscles, and then we continue to go one layer at a time, removing some of the more superficial muscles. Now we get to the deeper muscles of body, and then we'll head into the internal organ anatomy seeing the heart and lungs," Anthon explained.

Students say there's no comparison between how they used to study anatomy and the new 3D dissection table.

"It's nice to have an actual model versus just looking at plastic and ceramic," says junior Morgan Bothum.

After just a few months, this new technology is already inspiring students to consider a career in the health care industry.

"The more they can see, 'Oh, I really liked going over the muscles,' maybe physical therapy or athletic training, or, 'I though the bones were amazing,' so orthopedics," says Anthon.

"This has honestly, really fueled a different desire to go into the medical field, just think about it more because at first, I was like, I'm not sure, human body is cool and all but seeing it more and getting more of a first hand look, it just really helps," says Federman.

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