Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington acquired a SynDaver artificial cadaver as a teaching tool to add realism to its anatomy and physiology classes – a required class for its pre-nursing students.

The SynDaver features synthetic human tissues and body parts. It has hundreds of replaceable muscles, bones, organs, veins and arteries – all made from materials that mimic the mechanical, thermal and physicochemical properties of live tissue.

BBCC anatomy and physiology instructor Barbara Jacobs thinks SynDaver is a more realistic and better teaching tool than the real thing. “The tissue in a human cadaver turns grey and the veins and arteries are flat,” Jacobs said. “The color and texture of the muscles, veins, and arteries of a SynDaver are correct, and the veins and arteries are full. You can pull a tendon, and a finger will move.”

The synthetic cadaver was purchased with funds from a federal Title V federal grant.