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NAMSA’s Anatomic Program

In MRO, Toxicology by Nick Teigen

NAMSA’s anatomic program is a division within preclinical services focusing on providing customers with opportunities to conduct research and training in human anatomic tissue. Through the use of nationally accredited tissue and whole-body donor services, clients can evaluate products and train physicians in real human anatomy.

Implanting and evaluating medical devices in the cadaveric model can confidently predict what the implanting physicians will experience in practice and how a product will perform acutely during implantation. Additionally, if a products or procedure requires imaging, the human cadaver can provide a real view of what the user would expect to see under today’s different imaging modalities.

While the cadaver alone can provide accurate predictions of the performance of a device, techniques that enable the cadaver to be more life-like have been developed. The circulation model for interventional device testing is the perfect example. The circulation model, which simulates blood flow through the human vasculature, is especially valuable for the development and evaluation of almost any vascular intervention device.

The clinical relevance of cadavers for anatomical research and education extends beyond the vascular system and is most beneficial for therapeutic areas where no other suitable models exist: spine, orthopedics, sinus, and pelvis. The knowledgeable anatomic staff can aide in determine if the anatomic model is most suitable for clients’ products and goals.

Though significant advances have been made in the development of synthetic models to simulate human anatomy, the real human cadaveric model contains the natural variability that a physician would encounter in everyday practice, making it the best model to address any concerns from crossing over from the bench and animal models to clinical practice.

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Nikolai “Nick” Teigen is the Medical Research Manager leading NAMSA’s Anatomic Services in the Brooklyn Park Facility. Nick joined NAMSA after 9 years at Boston Scientific where he served as a Product Manager and Preclinical Research Associate supporting R&D, Physician Evaluations and Marketing Studies. He holds a BS from the University of Minnesota in Mortuary Science.