Louisiana Tech opens Justin and Jeanette Hinckley Virtual Anatomy Lab

By Thomas Stodghill, IV

Louisiana Tech’s College of Applied and Natural Sciences opened their new Virtual Anatomy Lab to the public, which can be found in Carson Taylor Hall. 

“This lab will not only benefit applied and natural sciences, but it will benefit everyone,” said Dr. Gary Kennedy, dean of the College of Applied and Natural Sciences.

This one-of-a-kind lab features a virtual dissection table called an Anatomage Table. It currently features three different human cadavers as well as over 1600 MRI and CT scans showing different stages of developments, abnormalities, and injuries.

In addition to the Anatomage table, the room features a set of iPads with 3D4 Medical, another interactive anatomy software which allows students to focus on specific parts of physiology and provides opportunities to use augmented reality to benefit their study of anatomy. 

Dr. Jamie Newman, associate dean of the College of Applied and Natural Sciences, explained how this lab can be helpful to students.

“Students from across the university will have the opportunity to use the lab through their courses or through our open lab hours, when the technology will be accessible for group work, study sessions, and exploration,” Newman said.

Newman wanted to make this project a reality. She said she was uncertain of when the project would get done because of the pandemic, but she got to work with architecture students to get the room designed without physically going in.

The room is fitted with several TV screens, and it features medical illustrations from Tech alumnus and medical illustrator Jim Wilson, who graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1969. 

This project cost around $300,000, which was generously funded by donations from alumni and members of the Louisiana Tech community. Justin and Jeanette Hinckley made a significant contribution to getting the room completed, so the room was named in their honor. For more information about the lab, click here.

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