Search is on for the perfect anatomy alternative

WHEN books are a distant memory, medical students will be carving up synthetic cadavers and undertaking electronic simulations for anatomical training, experts say.

With the cost of cadavers rising – currently about $6000 per body – and technological advances offering ever more realistic alternatives, experts say the use of human cadavers is set to slow as educators look to more innovative options.

“Where the real future probably lies is with electronic or digital simulations which will… give a much more real perspective to students without the need for cadavers,” said GPET chair Professor Simon Willcock.

Dean and head of the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland Professor David Wilkinson agrees that “an awful lot” could now be done “with simulation and new media”.

But despite the inevitable shift toward simulation, experts agree there will never be a perfect replacement