University of Michigan Slices Open Virtual Corpses for Science
Scientists from the University of Michigan recently developed state of the art technology that could allow medical schools to replace human cadavers with computer generated dead bodies in the near future.
The system is called the Michigan Immersive Digital Experience Nexus, which is basically a virtual dissection table that allows students to use 3D models to practice surgical procedures instead of using actual corpses. It enables students the same flexibility as cutting into dead flesh while eliminating the need for maintaining expensive freezer units to preserve bodies.
"The first time I saw the technology I almost cried," said Alexandre DaSilva, who uses the technology at the university's School of Dentistry. "In my wildest dream, I never thought that this would be possible."
The crew responsible for developing MIDEN says the equipment can be used for a myriad of studies including to “virtually dissect simulated hurricanes or slice into Mastodons.”