A.W. Beattie adds more state-of-the-art technology for medical programs

anatomage machine

Seniors Riley Isaac and Lauren Graff, who are in A.W. Beattie’s Sports Medicine program, were recently invited to explore the Career Center’s brand new Anatomage machine, which features virtual, lifesized cadavers for students in seven medical programs to see 3D rendered anatomy from the whole body in such fine detail as to see individual bones and blood vessels.

The new equipment enables students to create their own quizzes, view live body functions like joint movement and brain activity and make surgical incisions.

“The new students are going to have it so good for the next three years,” Lauren said.

“It’s a game-changer,” Riley added.

Sports Medicine instructor Mr. Darren Vtipil echoed their sentiments.

He discovered the Anatomage table in the spring of 2019 during a conference in York, Pa. A.W. Beattie Executive Director Eric Heasley saw it in-person several months later, and they agreed it would enhance every medical program.

“When you study anatomy from a book, it's two-dimensional and static,” Mr. Vtipil said. “With the table, they can pick individual objects or entire body systems and spin, move, zoom in and out, as well as add or delete them to see exactly what everything looks like in real life.  And if they don't remember what they are looking at, a simple tap on the object will tell them.”

The Career Center’s first Anatomage table will be shared by each medical program.

Mr. Vtipil has spent the summer thinking of ways to utilize the machine for each level of student.

“My second-year students completed the skeletal anatomy when we finished up last year, so using the table will be a great review for reinforcing the attachment points on the bones for the muscular system, which is where they are headed,” he said. “First-year students will be able to use the table to review the various body systems as they learn them this year.  And, of course, the third-year students can use it as an excellent review as they start preparing for job shadowing opportunities in rehab, as well as, while preparing for their personal trainer certification.”

Students who were in the Sports Medicine program are familiar with Anatomage’s software having used their virtual library during the spring shutdown, which will give the program a slight head start in using the machine in-person.

Mr. Vtipil plans to use it in live and taped lessons for remote learning, too.

“I’ve used it for a few weeks, and it’s easy to manipulate the images on the screen as well as dive deep into its vast library of not only anatomy but pathologies,” Mr. Vtipil said. “I was surprised that I can ‘pin’ objects on the virtual cadaver for students to identify on tests, just like I had to do in my real cadaver lab in college.  It's as close to a real cadaver lab as students will get in high school, with the bonus of having no messy clean up or smell!”

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