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Mopec’s Anatomy Quiz

Test your knowledge with Mopec’s Anatomy Quiz, featuring multiple choice questions on sections of the body. This brief quiz consists of 15 questions that range in difficulty, perfect if you are looking to supplement your study materials or need a refresher. At the end, you will be given a score for the questions you answered.   Loading…

Understanding the Organ Donation Process

Choosing to become an organ donor is a personal decision and one that should not be made lightly. There are major misconceptions that prevent people from registering, with concerns that range from family matters to personal health choices. Organ donation is valuable because it’s saving and improving someone’s quality of life. However, it is crucial to research the process prior to becoming a donor. The process of organ donation begins by registering through your state, either by signing up online …

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A Tale of Two Saws

When considering what autopsy saws are available to a pathologist, there is certainly a limited array of models on the market to choose from. Certain styles of saws are specifically made with distinct features to complete the tasks at hand. One particular model is regarded as an industry standard by forensic pathologist after decades of use on the medical market. The Stryker saw was invented by Dr. Homer Stryker, an orthopedic surgeon who invented medical equipment based on the needs …

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History of the Autopsy

An autopsy, also known as a post mortem examination, is a dissection of a corpse that is performed to help determine the cause of death and examine effects of diseases. Throughout history, autopsies were often viewed negatively and prohibited due to religious laws.  This caused delay in advancement and prevented any development in the field for over a century. Ancient Greece: The earliest records of an autopsy were completed by Greek physician Galen of Pergamum, who had studied the symptoms …

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The Different Paths Of An Anatomic Pathologist

Cytopathology (Cytopathologist): Is the study of cells to diagnose the causes or nature of human disease. Cytopathologists examine cells that can be exfoliated, washed, or scraped from various sites from the body. An assessment of these cells can either be viewed by smearing the samples on a glass slide or suspended in a liquid medium, processed by the appropriate techniques. Dermatopathology (Dermatopathologist) : Focuses on the skin and organ system that protects the body from damage such as nails or …

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Considering Purchasing a Used Morgue Refrigerator?

When purchasing a morgue cooler, it is imperative to consider more than just the cost associated. Investing in a new or used mortuary cooling unit is a significant decision that can have a great impact on your finances and cooler functionality over the next several years. Previously owned body cooling systems are considerably less expensive than new equipment; however, a used fridge will certainly not be as reliable as a new unit. When considering a previously owned refrigeration unit, you should ask yourself the …

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The Difference between a Coroner and a Medical Examiner

Did you know coroners and medical examiners are generally characterized as two different occupations? They both play a vital role in death investigations, but they each hold different qualifications and responsibilities. Each state has their own system in place for examining a questionable death. It is fairly universal that any deaths revolving around injury, poisoning, unexpected circumstances, in-custody situations, or unusual conditions be further investigated. Some jurisdictions follow a coroner system, some a medical examiner system and others utilize both. …

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4 Ways to Donate after Death

Donate your organs and tissue to those in medical need With over 100,000 people on the U.S. waiting list for organs, this is a sure way to give back. Your donation could save up to 8 lives, and that’s quite a number when 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant. Learn more at http://organdonor.gov Give your body to a medical school for studies Doctors, dentists and other medical professionals rely on their hands-on training in anatomy labs to …

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5 Tools Necessary for an Autopsy

1. Bone Saw With 206 bones in the body, a pathologist is sure to need a quality saw. Gigli saws provide smooth level cuts, while powered saws offer precise cuts on the cranial cap. It’s a best precaution to utilize a bone dust vacuum while performing autopsies with an electric saw. This eliminates the risk of possible airborne contaminated fragments. 2. Scalpel Very similar to the surgeon’s tool, the scalpels used in autopsies are often longer to allow for deeper cuts while …

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Bariatric Challenges and Solutions

It’s a growing concern that continues to gather strength. According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention almost 38 percent of American adults are affected by obesity. The national epidemic has resulted in enormous implications for our health care system as manufacturers adjust to the demands of a heavier population. As America grows, cadaver size and weight presents its own set of challenges. A 28-year veteran in the pathology and mortuary industries, Mopec Vice President of Engineering Max …

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