Tuesday, May 10, 2011

3D Anatomy Models Q & A

 What options are available for self-study with 3D anatomy models?

One of the best uses of 3D anatomy models is student self-study in laboratories and classrooms. The best models come with a handy card that can be mounted behind the actual model on the base. This card includes a graphic representation of the model, plus written information. Typically, most information will be the names of the various features of the joint, organ or body part. However, some models, including those that show cancer, disease or other medical conditions may also provide information on symptoms and related features. Good examples of this are the cancer models that provide additional information on the various stages of the disease within a particular organ or body part.

Are there very detailed anatomy models that show various types of conditions and diseases?

There are a wide range of 3D anatomy models that are specially constructed to clearly and realistically illustrate how disease affects different body parts and organs. These models are valuable both in teaching settings as well as working directly with patients. Different models may show the stages of cancers in various organs, the effects of osteoarthritis in the knee, arthritis of the hip or vertebrae degeneration.

Disease models are an excellent and very non-threatening way for patients and students alike to learn about specific conditions. While they are lifelike enough to be easily recognizable they are not anxiety provoking for the patient or the student to exam and ask questions about.

What is a good option for using 3D anatomy models with patients in consultation sessions?

Many doctors and medical staff choose to use 3D anatomy models as a regular tool when talking to patients of any age. The models can be placed on a table, in a cabinet, or beside the patient, and the medical professional can use the model as a guide to the discussion. Comparing what is going on with the patient to what is seen in the model is a good way to highlight both interventions as well as short and long term treatment goals. For patients that are hesitant to start treatment the models that depict the long term effects of the disease or the stages of the disease can be helpful in working with aggressive treatment options. Ultimately anywhere that a patient may not be completely clear on what is happening or what treatment will accomplish will benefit from the use of an anatomy model.

Would 3D anatomy models be a good idea in a therapy room or rehabilitation program?

Joint models are a very popular choice in 3D anatomy models for therapeutic settings. These models can depict healthy or damaged joints, perfect to increase awareness in the patient with regards to range of motion and mobility issues. Since many people are not experts on anatomy this added visual is a nice way to provide information without seeming to assume that the patient isn't knowledgeable. Using the models regularly when talking to patients further helps deal with this sometimes touchy issue.

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