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The Virtual Anatomy, Ready for Dissection


By NATASHA SINGER Published: January 7, 2012

PEOPLE wear 3-D glasses for new movies like “The Adventures of Tintin.” But for medical school? Students at the New York University School of Medicine worked in an anatomy class, using iPads — in protective plastic — containing the course curriculum. The answer is yes at the New York University School of Medicine, which is using 3-D technology to update a rite of passage for would-be doctors: anatomy class. In a basement lab at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan last month, students in scrubs and surgical gloves hovered over cadavers on gurneys, preparing, as would-be doctors have for centuries, to separate rib cages and examine organs. But the dead are imperfect stand-ins for the living. Death — and embalming fluid — take a toll.

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