At London Medical Education Academy, our courses are taught using fresh frozen cadavers.
But fresh frozen is just one method of preservation. We recently put out a poll on Twitter to ask our followers what their preferred method is when training. The options were:
- Fresh frozen
Advantages include flexibility of tissues, the realistic feel and minimal changes to tissue.
Advantages include preservation on colour, flexible joints and tissues.
- Silicon models
These are as the name suggests, not real human tissue but do provide a realistic representation of the human anatomy.
This term means to imitate a human dissection on another specimen such as a pig or frog and can also include simulating the experience with computer aided technology.
The poll results showed fresh frozen as a clear winner, so we’re pleased to continue using this method, as long as the most efficient experience is being provided!
— LondonMedEdAcademy (@LMEDAC) January 17, 2017
Interested in where we source our cadavers from? Look out for a future blog post detailing the wonderful gift that is donating your body to science.