Since my appointment in 2008 the focus of my work has been the Thiel embalming of human cadavers. This is a soft-fix embalming technique that leaves the cadavers much more life-like, unlike formalin embalming.
In our pilot study we have explored the following questions:
The cadavers are now routinely used for surgical and clinical training, for evaluation of new products, and in research projects. They have been dissected by MSc students and by our teaching staff.
The image illustrates how superficial structures, such as veins and nerves in the fore-arm, can easily be identified and separated from surrounding tissues.
I do not teach on any courses, but I work closely with teaching staff that use our cadavers. This includes CAHID dissection courses, but also surgical training and clinical skills training for more advanced students and professionals.
I contribute to forensic case work when this involves CT scans.
I have presented our work with Thiel cadavers to anatomists, surgeons, scientists and product developers. Since the start of the project the cadavers have been used for R&D of medical devices, products and techniques, such as new surgical retractors, surgical tools, hip and shoulder prostheses, mortuuary cooling system, laryngoscopes, laparoscopic devices, echogenic needles and ultrasound transducers.
Our cadavers have been used in courses in Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anaesthesia (UGRA), thyroidectomy, laparoscopic colorectal surgery, laparoscopic bariatric surgery, rhioplasty, postgraduate orthopaedic training, MRI guided interventions, hernia repair and joint replacement.