GARY | The annual International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at Indiana University Northwest is underway, with volunteer participants performing X-rays and ultrasounds on cadaver donors.
The work is being done in preparation for the dissection portion, scheduled for July 30 to Aug. 1, according to the university.
In the program, participants prepare body donors for the incoming gross anatomy class by removing the donors’ skin and body fat to expose organs, muscles and other anatomical structures.
Fifty-four people were chosen to participate in this year's program, which offers nonphysician and nonmedical student participants a chance to volunteer in the school's gross anatomy lab.
Friday was the first day of the medical imaging portion. Volunteers conducted imaging on six body donors and four fetuses at the IUN radiological laboratory.
On Saturday, the donors will be taken to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville via Prompt Ambulance Service.
"Prosection participants will gain hands-on experience while working with the hospital’s technologists during high-resolution CT and MRI imaging of donors," according to a news release from the university.