List of instruments used in anatomy

Instruments used in Anatomy dissections are as follows:

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Instrument list

Instrument Uses
Autopsy table for placing and fixing the corpse
Refrigerators for preservation of the corpse
Dissection scissors used to hold or move structures
Arterial & jugular tubes to draw or drain out all the blood before replacing it with embalming fluids like formaldehyde for preservation of structures as practiced in Anatomy
Head rest to elevate the head
Ropes to tie the corpse in places so that it does not change posture during dissection
Rubber gloves protective; video link
Goggles protective; video link
Jackets, aprons, etc. protective; video link
Scalpels to cut the skin, organs or fibrous structures like fascia
Bone saw used to cut bones like that of the head
Skull breaker or often a (hammer and chisel) to break open the vault of the skull
Sternal saw for cutting into the chest of the body by cutting the sternum
Dissecting knife sharp cutting instruments
Toothed forceps for tearing or holding structures
Mallet used as a hammer
Skull key a T-shaped chisel used as a lever while removing skull cap[1]
Large knife to cleanly cut the brain into anatomical sections
Rib shears to cut through the ribs while opening the chest[2]
Dissecting scissors for sharp cutting
Specimen jars preservation of anatomical specimens
Metacarpal saw video: External link; a bone saw
Double-ended probe used for probing either foramina
Tongue tie to tie away the tongue so that it doesn't fall back into to pharynx
Formaldehyde primary preservative for Anatomy; video link
X-ray boxes to view X-ray images

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  1. Keleka
  2. Walker JE, Rutty GN, Rodgers B, Woodford NW (January 2002). "How should the chest wall be opened at necropsy?". J. Clin. Pathol. 55 (1): 72–5. doi:10.1136/jcp.55.1.72. PMC 1769557Freely accessible. PMID 11825931.

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