University of Arizona medical students practice on synthetic cadavers

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by Erin Kennedy

azfamily.com

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 2:09 PM

PHOENIX -- At University of Arizona's College of Medicine in Downtown Phoenix, fake bodies are replacing real bodies.

It's part of a new project that has students working on realistic cadaver models before they work on actual patients.

The models are very realistic as every muscle is individually made and sewn onto a skeleton. There is also fluid running through the bodies.

Rather than performing tests or other medical practices for the first time on real humans, the synthetic bodies allow University of Arizona medical students to practice without harming anyone.

The project is spearheaded by University of Arizona and could spread to other medical schools across the country.

To find out more, visit: phoenixmed.arizona.edu.

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