Resource of video images from a rat dissection

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Rat anatomy resource disc

Welcome to the rat dissection video download site based on an interactive video resource and digitised. It is offered 'as is' and is copyright free, however please acknowledge authors (Megan Quentin-Baxter and David Dewhurst, with Graham Irving and Stephen Mera) who are listed on the first screens of the video. Thanks to Iain Massey of Final Cut for the digital version of the original disc.


For background information on this project and further examples from the software and the disc, see FARID website.

Software

The original interactive software (needs Hypercard Player v2.0 or better for the Apple Macintosh).

To edit the video file for your own purposes we recommend using the commercial (Pro) version of QuickTime Pro (for Apple Macintosh or Windows).

Further information

Dr MeganQuentin-Baxter

Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine
School of Medical Sciences Education Development
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4HH, United Kingdom


e-mail: megan.quentin-baxter@ncl.ac.uk
http://www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/megan.quentin-baxter/
http://www.medev.ac.uk/resources/features/rats/ (this page)

Rat Dissection / Anatomy Resource Digital Video

This 318 MB digital video (mpeg format) contains over 2,000 still, high quality video frames and over 500 very short dissection sequences. The rat (either male or female) can be viewed from two angles (above and side) and a full dissection is illustrated, including: examination of the external features; dissection and study of the abdominal structures (gastrointestinal, urinary and reproductive systems) and structures in the thoracic cavity and neck region; and exposure, removal and examination of the brain. 300 (unlabelled) histology images showing up to 4x magnification of cellular detail are included along with some diagrams.

Medium: Downloadable from website
System requirements: mpeg player

Note: 1. The original high quality video was developed to be used with the interactive software The Rat Stack (see separate entry), using high quality laser disc technology which is now almost completely out of date. However, the digital version of the original video, which is up to date and provided in a single video stream, is free to download, and the use of excerpts or images is permitted for educational purposes. Users may download and make use of images or video sequences providing it does not infringe the moral copyright, as per UK law, of the authors as credited on the front of the video. The digital video is not as high quality as the original laser disc video, which was part of the now unavailable multimedia program FARID Ð Functional Anatomy of the Rat (Interactive Dissection). Anyone wishing to re-code a program of interactive software using this video will almost certainly be given permission, but please contact the author for this permission in writing. The material is offered as it is, and no technical support is provided.

2. The Rat Dissection / Anatomy Resource Digital Video and the original Rat Anatomy Resource Disc is dedicated to Graham Irving.

Price: Freeware
Source: Dr Megan Quentin-Baxter (University of Newcastle, UK)

(The) Rat Stack

The Rat Stack is an interactive CAL program which provides a realistic learning alternative to performing a rat dissection. The Rat Stack contains over 300 low resolution (72 dpi) images and 30,000 lines of data and programming code. The rat (either male or female) can be viewed from two angles (above and side) and a full dissection is illustrated, including: examination of the external features; dissection and study of the abdominal structures (gastrointestinal, urinary and reproductive systems) and structures in the thoracic cavity and in the neck region; and exposure, removal and examination of the brain. 300 (unlabelled) histology images showing up to 4x magnification of cellular detail are included along with some diagrams. Annotations appear on the computer screen to identify every structure in the dissection. Questions are automatically generated around the image on the screen; for incorrect answers The Rat Stack can show students where the structure is located, or students can attempt questions again. Tools are provided to allow the names of structures to be changed (e.g. to allow it to be adapted for a foreign language).

Medium: Downloadable from website
System requirements: Any Apple Macintosh microcomputer with HyperCard 2.0 or 2.2 Player
Price: Freeware

Note: The program was developed to be used interactively with the laser video Rat Anatomy Resource Disc (together they formed FARID) and has not been re-coded to work with the digital version of the video Rat Dissection / Anatomy Resource Digital Video (see separate entry). However, the program is up to date and is free to download, and the use of the program is permitted for educational purposes. Anyone wishing to re-code a program of interactive software using this material will almost certainly be given permission, but please contact the author for this permission in writing. The material is offered as it is, and no technical support is provided.

Copyright and licencing

This video material and software is offered for free under creative commons/public domain freeware licence such that anyone may take and use this material for any purpose. If your conscience concerns you then please make a small donation to an animal welfare charity, or, in turn, make available any materials that you create from this initial resource.

Source: Dr Megan Quentin-Baxter (University of Newcastle, UK)

 
 
MEDEV, School of Medical Sciences Education Development,
Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, NE2 4HH

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