Tips For Selecting The Best Anatomical Chart
Every anatomical chart is not the same so selecting either a variety of charts or a specific style of chart that meets your needs is important. Anatomical charts are often found in patient examination rooms, doctor's offices, university and teaching settings as well as in patient waiting rooms. These handy charts serve as a quick visible reference that physicians and teachers can use to help demonstrate and display anatomical issues during discussions and information sessions.
Deciding on the right anatomical chart for your wall space will depend on the type of information that you may need to share. For those physicians working in general practice, full skeletal, muscular and nervous system anatomical charts are a great reference since patients can actually see a picture of what you are talking about when discussing health concerns, diagnoses or treatment options. In addition those doctors in specialized areas of medicine can select specific anatomical chart formats that allow highly focused information on their specific area of practice.
Specific skeletal areas that are prone to disease and injury can also be highlighted on different types of anatomical charts. For example, a chart that explains and depicts all the bones of the foot and ankle, along with the muscles and ligaments, can be very important when helping a patient understand chronic foot pain. Likewise specialized charts of the wrist and hand, hip joints and the spine are all essential in helping patients form a visual image of what is going on inside their body and how the treatment plan will correct the existing issue.
Spinal injuries and pain as well as issues with whiplash and degenerative diseases can be very challenging to verbally describe to patients. Having an anatomical chart that shows both a healthy, functioning spine as well as a spine or neck that has been injured can assist the patient in grasping the significance of their injury. It can also help the physician in explaining surgical or non-surgical treatment options and how they will affect movement or spinal functioning when successful.
Other options for specialized types of physicians that may choose to have an anatomical chart or two in their patient examining rooms are those doctors that practice acupuncture. These charts typically depict the acupuncture regions of the body along with the symptoms that they treat. Some charts may have both the English and Chinese explanation of the acupuncture regions, plus many also have additional information that helps the patient understand why acupuncture is effective.
When selecting anatomical chart options, be sure to choose charts that provide the level of detail that you need. Many charts are truly 3 dimensional, providing raised areas on the chart to help highlight and define the attributes of the anatomical model. These types of anatomical charts are great for patient use but can also be used in teaching hospitals or classrooms for medical students. As with any type of learning activity, the more options students are provided with to grasp the information the more effectively they will learn. Anatomical chart posters will really help visual learners as well as patients.
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