3D interactive anatomy table gets new features

Note: This article was co-authored by Kai Donovan, Media & Learning Technologies Specialist, University Library.

The Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL) is excited to announce that the new Table 8 software update is available on their anatomy dissection Anatomage Table to enhance human and animal anatomy and physiology instruction, learning, and research. Located just inside the glass doors to our public library space on the U-M medical campus, the Anatomage Table is also powered by a new PC. It now runs Windows 10, supports the latest rendering options, and is faster than ever. For additional access, THSL is continuing to offer the Anatomage TableOnCloud online subscription to all U-M users.

Media & Learning Technologies Specialist, Kai Donovan, is available on Zoom for training to help introduce all of the new Table 8 features. Email thl-anatomage-help@umich.edu to set up a TableOnCloud demonstration or Anatomage Table training session.

The online version of the Anatomage Table, TableOnCloud, is available to all campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine). Uniqnames and UMICH (Level-1) credentials are required for Anatomage Table and TableOnCloud reservations. More information is available in the University Library Catalog.

Exciting new Table 8 software features 

There are a number of new features available with the latest update.

  • Living anatomy: cardiological function
  • Digital pregnancy 
  • High-resolution regional anatomy fetus
  • Kinetically functional bodies 
  • Optics simulation and optometry applications 

In addition to those listed above, there are a number of features that remain available: four fully segmented real human cadavers, fully dissectible dog and cat models, a case library with human and animal pathologies, and dissection tools.

How to get the most out of your experience

Check out Anatomage’s Table 8 video (above), Table 8 Activities folder, and the Anatomage Table 8 User Interface Guide to see how you can use the Table 8 software in your curriculum. For additional resources on how to use Table 8, such as How To Guides and tool specific videos, explore Anatomage’s Table 8 Training Resources. You can also load your own DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) data, such as patient CT and MRI scans.

For TableOnCloud instruction and group projects, you may use video conferencing apps, like Zoom, to share your computer screen with colleagues, students, or classmates. The TableOnCloud Tips sheet has some great suggestions on how to effectively use TableOnCloud for group projects.

Anatomage Table and TableOnCloud screenshot images can be used in publications, and Anatomage is happy to help you secure a license. Please contact us if you are interested in this option. The images may also be used freely in campus patient education materials as long as Anatomage is cited as the source. Free Anatomage support can assist you with custom cadaver presets, so please don’t hesitate to connect with us for more information.

You’re invited

The THSL would like to invite anyone who is interested to join the MCommunity THL Anatomage Table group for updates and support, and the Anatomage Enthusiasts Facebook group to share resources as you plan your Anatomage activities. By users and for users, this Facebook group aims to bring together K-12 and higher education Anatomage instructors around the world.

The THSL is delighted to share these updates with the Michigan IT community. Please reach out to learn more about how you or your colleagues can get started using this resource.

Author: Chase Masters, University Library

Chase's role at the Taubman Health Sciences Library includes managing technology projects and resources, consulting with faculty to effectively incorporate technology into their curriculum, supervising staff, serving in the HS-STEM Administration Unit, and identifying and building partnerships with instructional technology units throughout the university community. You may reach him at mastersc@umich.edu.