With the click of a button, Vivien Coulson-Thomas removes the cadaver's skin. Another click and she removes muscle to reveal her target blood vessels. All the while the assistant professor of optometry marvels at the one-touch dissection process.

"You can control the table to have whatever you touch disappear to reveal the structures of interest," she said. That is pretty much how the 3-D Anatomage Table works. It uses digital cadavers to help teach anatomy, and the University of Houston College of Optometry is the first optometry school in the nation to have its own table—and not only one, but two exclusively for students.

Hypertension and diabetes

Many systemic conditions, like hypertension and diabetes, lead to eye pathology, but also the head, neck, and skull In recent years the anatomy tables have popped up in medical and nursing schools, including one at the UH College of Nursing on the Sugar Land campus. They seem to solve so many problems.

"The Anatomage Table provides an innovative, world opportunity for our students." In a University as diverse as ours, this will give us the opportunity to accommodate students who, because of religious, cultural reasons or past trauma could not work with cadavers, "said UH College of Optometry dean and Greeman -Petty professor, Earl L. Smith.

Not meant as a substitute for human cadavers, the digital cadaversThey are Also are used Also ace to current human cadaver tool During prosection (Dissection by the professor). Again it has to do with the line of sight. In the normal course of dissection, if removing a vein or artery, the view of the underside is hidden. By pausing and calling up the same vein or artery on the table, the user can turn it around and look at 3-D.

"It completely revolutionized the whole prosecution process. We used the Anatomage Table to guide some of our prosections, and it made the whole process a lot easier. When we first bought the table, and I never thought of it being used in that way," said Smith.

"If I had one of these tables when I was taking anatomy, it would have been incredible, and Dr. Ostrin and I wanted to bring that experience to our students," she said. The pair spearheaded the seemingly overnight effort, and the tables arrived in time for the semester to begin and their own software tutorials to take place. Having the extra table, available to students in off hours, means they can study the digital cadavers for their boards and other important tests on their own schedules.