A recent study by the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, found yet another practical use for the Lodox Statscan: training medical students in surface anatomy.
Medical students will typically undergo practical hands-on training in anatomy by completing a dissection course. However, many medical students have difficulty visualising the position of internal structures and organs relative to surface landmarks.
Prior to dissection, the prepared cadavers were scanned with a Lodox Statscan and the digital images were printed 2/3 life-size. The X-ray images were then placed on the walls in the dissection hall, close to the respective cadaver. Second-year medical students were thus able to examine the internal position of structures on the X-ray image, and palpate the landmarks on themselves, colleagues and the cadaver. An anonymous follow-up survey completed by the students showed that the students found the X-ray images to be beneficial for their studies and that they supported the use of such images in future.
Although the use of X-ray images in anatomy and dissection is not new, it has not been common practice because of the costs involved. In addition, full-body images were seldom done because of the difficulty in stitching conventional smaller images to produce a full-body image. With a Lodox Statscan the task it easy because a body can be scanned in 13 second, and a full-body image is thus produced in less than a minute. Digital image processing and printing costs have dropped dramatically, and modern printing technology allows for cost-effective, large-scale prints to be produced.