When watching a cartoon, it isn’t unusual to see an episode in which a few characters shrink down to the size of a fly and explore the human body. Unfortunately, for those who live in the normal world, technology like that doesn’t exist. At least, it didn’t until now. 

Just before the start of Maclay’s second semester, a rather large package was delivered. That package contained an “Anatomage”, one of the most technologically advanced visualization systems available throughout the world. Gifted to the school by a generous anonymous donor, the anatomy table, located in a room within the Beck Family Research Center, can display dozens of different body types, ranging from pregnant women to birds. With scans made using real, human cadavers, it can be ensured that anyone who uses the Anatomage receives the full experience.

“There was nothing nearly this advanced when I was in college, and it’s just incredible,” biology and anatomy teacher Mr. Coleman Mackie said. “Allowing students to use and study with this [table] really shows how much people care about their education.” 

While the table can be used by any Maclay student, it will particularly aid biology, anatomy and biomed concentration students. The Anatomage can display multiple different body systems, such as the nervous system, and can allow students to rotate the bodies to observe multiple different angles. With only around 300 tables of its kind within the world, Maclay has certainly lucked out with receiving such a high-tech gift. 

“The last time I was able to travel through a digestive system was in an episode of the Magic School Bus, and now our students can do the same using this table,” science department chair Ariel Evans said. “We have a variety of dissections in the science department, from sea stars to fetal pigs, and now we have the opportunity to look in depth at the human body as well. These tables are usually used by medical students and others in training, so it’s a unique experience for our science students.”

The Anatomage comes with a large set of cadavers, as well as a curriculum with multiple case studies. Users can simulate different defects and situations with the push of a button. While it is mainly used alongside classroom learning, it can also be amusing to play around with, as it acts like one, humongous tablet. Regardless of how entertaining it may be, there is no doubt that it will be used to further the education of numerous, future Maclay high schoolers. 

“Using the Anatomage has been a really cool experience,” sophomore anatomy student Leah Kiros said. “Studying diagrams and reading about the body is helpful, but the table gives me a deeper visual understanding. The table has helped me to better memorize the body’s systems and parts, as well as teach me new ones!”