FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

The recently completed 3D Head and Neck dataset has been installed and is being used in the Dental Schools of Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen, The Centre for Health Science, Raigmore Hospital Inverness, Stornoway in the Western Isles and at the Digital Design Studio in Glasgow. Other specialist visualisation centres are currently being commissioned in the Dental Institute at Edinburgh and in Dumfries to complete the Scottish dental roll-out and create an integrated network of distributed learning.

The head and neck dataset is acknowledged by academic and NHS educators to be an immensely valuable asset as a core adjunct to traditional methods of anatomy teaching. Whilst most teachers of anatomy would agree that dissection remains a critical activity there are inherent limitations centred on the cost, accessibility and potential health and safety issues which have been challenges for decades. This innovative learning technology is a key part of the overall strategy of NHS Education for Scotland to provide leading edge support for the education and training of dentists, doctors, nurses, surgeons and the full range of allied health professionals in all biomedical sciences that underpin high quality, risk-free repeatable training and safe clinical care.