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Colon Model Q & A

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What pathologies are commonly depicted on a high quality colon model?

A high quality colon model will depict many of the common colon pathologies found in patient populations. These common health conditions include spastic colon, ulcerative colitis, diverticulosis, diverticulitis and Crohn's disease. In addition the best quality models will also show very simple colon pathologies such as bacterial infection, which can lead to many of the more significant issues if not resolved. Other diseases and conditions found on the model may include appendicitis and cancer.

Having a wide range of options on the anatomical model makes it very practical in using with any patient and his or her family. With more than one condition displayed on the model as well as sections of healthy colon comparisons are simple and easy to make. This type of model is also ideal for discussing long term management of chronic conditions such as Crohn's disease.

What models are a good compliment to a colon model in helping patients with a full understanding of digestive problems?
A full model of the entire gastrointestinal tract is an excellent compliment to the colon model. The larger model can be used to help patients to visualize the location in the abdominal cavity of the colon as well as its role in the overall digestive process. The smaller and more detailed colon model can then be used to get into the specific issues that the patient is experiencing.

For some conditions, a rectum model can also be used to help patients to understand the specific health conditions of the colon that are occurring in the internal or external rectal area. These can include internal and external hemorrhoids, annular cancer, abscesses, skin tags, fissures and cryptitis among other common and less commonly diagnosed health issues. Choosing to use either model in conjunction with the colon model will only help the patient to have a clearer picture of the condition as well as treatment options possible.

Is there are convenient to carry colon model option that can easily go from location to location or room to room as needed?
A very convenient to carry model that is easy to transport in a lab coat or examination kit is a four piece model that is attached to a backing by a hinge joint mechanism. Each part of the model can swing out to expose the internal features noted with that particular pathology. The pathologies depicted in the model include diverticulitis, chronic colitis, cancer and a normal colon section. The normal colon cross-section can be used as a reference and comparison section but also to talk about additional pathologies not depicted specifically in the model. The nice thing about these small sized models is that they also come with an educational card that provides specific information about each of the sections.

It is important to keep in mind that even the larger models are still very easy to move from room to room. The durable quality of these models is outstanding, and makes them a good match for any patient facility or teaching environment.

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