Key Factors in Selecting Human Anatomical Models
Human anatomical models are used in a variety of different settings. Knowing what the specific use will be for the model is instrumental in choosing the type and style of model. Not all human anatomical models are ideal for all types of uses in hospitals, clinics, offices and classrooms so choosing a variety of options to meet all possible needs is highly recommended.
For most medical uses, human anatomical models are used to help patients and family visualize what the medical staff is describing. Most people are visual learners to some degree, and being able to see below skin level can really help in understanding treatment, surgical procedures and even normal functioning of different parts of the body. In these types of uses the anatomical models can be complete skeletons or bodies or they can specific body parts.
Often to keep simple and clean, a doctor will elect to have basic human anatomical models in patient examination rooms and consulting offices. These basic models may include a skeleton to explain joint and muscle functioning or they may also include a complete anatomical human body with various display options. These options can include muscles, joints, organs and major circulatory system components. These general models are great for both detailed and simplified discussions of procedures and treatment options.
Other human anatomical models may be divided into specific types of visual displays. These can include models of a particular body part such as the major joints, the spine or even the foot and hand. Typically these very detailed types of models will be found in offices of specialists that treat only specific conditions and injuries. Other very detailed types of models include organs, the skin, head and disease models that can show both the normal and diseased body part.
Models for classroom teaching and research are also used in a variety of different settings. Specialized human anatomical models that are smaller and easier to store on laboratory counters and desks are a great option for teaching, studying and student review. With models available with removable parts even the most detailed aspects of the body part are clearly visible to the student, researcher or patient.
Models can be designed to be accurate and exact replicas of the human body or they can be stylized to effectively highlight specific aspects of the body. Clear coatings and brightly color coded parts within the model provide high levels of visibility while also making identification simple and easy. Larger than life anatomical models are commonly used for very small or highly detailed body parts such as the eye, blood vessels, heart, lungs and virtually any other body part imaginable.
Last but not least, it is important to consider the type of patient or student that will be using the model. Specific models for easy identification of the basic structures can be perfect for pediatric practices and school classrooms. More detailed and defined models are better suited to working with adult patients or in research and teaching environments.
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