Anatomy Next pilot at the University of Washington School of Dentistry

Ieva Grinberga     @ 09.01.2017

Anatomy Next is 3D medical simulation software start-up at the University of Washington, CoMotion Labs, Seattle, WA. The company creates educational tools built to guide student learning through interactive 3D anatomical models across multiple platforms. Anatomy Next’s team is hoping to facilitate higher standards of medical education with the ultimate goal of helping medical providers provide better patient care.

An early version of Anatomy Next’s Head and Neck anatomy software was tested at the University of Washington School of Dentistry this summer, 2017. The course, Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Students, was taught by Drs. Katherine Rafferty, Judy Clark, and Casey Self, for first-year dental students. At the very first lecture, Anatomy Next demonstrated resources such as high-definition 3D Skull anatomy, fully rotatable and controlled by the user, using Microsoft’s Hololens with overwhelming student interest. During the course, the instructors used specially prepared, 3D image renders provided by Anatomy Next in their lectures, and the students had the opportunity to use their smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers to access state-of-the-art Anatomy Next 3D models and schematics to study and assist them in their coursework and during the labs. Said one top student, “I have used and found great success with Anatomy Next for the study of Head & Neck anatomy. I believe this is another powerful leap forward in learning technology for students”. By all accounts, both the students and the instructors found the Anatomy next resources “extremely useful” and made the truly complex study of neuroanatomy less daunting and more engaging.

Dr. Paul Keire together with 4th year medical student and neurospecialist Reinis Jansons from Anatomy Next participated in both the daily lectures and the cadaver labs with great passion, helping to create an enjoyable learning environment for students.  “Based on feedback we received, students appreciated our insights as we successfully demonstrated how the Anatomy next platform, with its given accuracy and superior quality, can be incorporated as an active dynamic learning tool and resource” said Dr. Paul Keire.