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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr here
Doctor :   Plz proceed with your query.
User :   hi may i ask you a few questios regarding my body donation ?
Doctor :   Please proceed?
User :   hi may i ask iv been aceepted as a body doner once i pass from the cancer of the brain stem i have thats too advanced to treat do you think its good i want to be a cadaver ?
Doctor :   May i know your age?
User :   yes im 25 years old will this be a problem ?
Doctor :   It is good that you want to donate your body. Medical students will be helped by this.
Doctor :   No it would not be a problem.
User :   may i ask once i pass where will i be taken
Doctor :   You will be taken to a mortuary and then from there wherever you have decided to donate they will take your body
User :   ok so once at the med school what will happen to me then
Doctor :   They will preserve the body in a preservative called formalin.
User :   hows this done to me
Doctor :   The body is taken and preserved in a solution.
User :   ok then after that what happens to my body
Doctor :   They will put it in the dissection table of the medical school,and then dissect each part to study.
User :   may i ask what am i placed on
Doctor :   According to the schedule of the dissection each part is put on table
Doctor :   Its a dissecting table where the body is placed on.
User :   am i clothed when placed on this
Doctor :   No the body is naked.
User :   may i ask how will i be placed on the table
Doctor :   It depends, if any single part is required for dissection they will cut them.
User :   is this when he says im going be put though the band saw
Doctor :   Yes it any body part or limb is required it will be cut by a band saw
User :   ic he says when i arrive he like to cut me in half in my mid line whats this
Doctor :   I did not get you who says that you will be cut in midline?
User :   the perfesor where i donated my body too
User :   can he do this
Doctor :   See every medical school has a different way. They can do it if required.
User :   as acadaver i wont mined this being done but how is it done
Doctor :   Its done in a systematic way by the use of different instruments by the trainees.
Doctor :   Its done in the anatomy department of the medical school.
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   yes
User :   ami clothed when
User :   the tranies have me
Doctor :   No the body will be naked.
User :   the trinees get there hnds on my body
Doctor :   Yes they have to study so they will obviously get their hands on the body.
User :   may i ask will my underpants been removed from my body too
Doctor :   Yes the whole body will be exposed.
User :   may i ask y do thay want me on the band saw table ?
Doctor :   For the study purpose.
User :   may i ask will my body be a mess once its put though the saw
Doctor :   No everything will be properly organized and arranged.
User :   so may i ask how do thay put me for cuting me in half and wheres my midline run
Doctor :   They place the whole body in the dissecting table and then do it.
Doctor :   It depends they want a cut in midline or not.
User :   yes he says thay want me cut into 4 sections useing my midline too where does this run on my body ?
Doctor :   A cut is made in the centre and then the sections are taken out.
User :   where abouts is that on my body
Doctor :   From the midportion
User :   sorry you lost me wheres my mid portion
Doctor :   I mean your trunk and lower limb will be cut.
User :   ic where abouts is my lower limb cut ?
Doctor :   below the stomach portion the cut is made and limbs are separated.
User :   do you mean my pelvis region ?
Doctor :   Yes it will be separated.
User :   so there cut my body into 4 sections yes ?
Doctor :   If it is requires in four pieces it will be disected accordingly.
Doctor :   *required
User :   ic may i ask do you think there dissect my brain and see the tumor ?
Doctor :   They can open the skull and study the brain to see the tumour.
User :   how is my skull opened ?
Doctor :   The skull bone is removed and then it is opened. Also the minor procedures can differ in institutions
User :   ic
User :   ic
Doctor :   For a detailed procedure you will have to contact the medical school where body has been donated
User :   may i ask if i was used as a whole body doner will i still be in a dissection table ?
Doctor :   Yes when the body is being used its in the dissection table itself.
Doctor :   For the students to study.
User :   may i ask how is my trunk dissected
Doctor :   It depends on the medical school procedures and can vary.
Doctor :   You can request the school where you have donated to let you know the procedure.
User :   ok do you know ant way it may happen
Doctor :   Its dissected by the use of forceps, knife ans scalpel.
User :   ic whats first
Doctor :   First knife is used and then forceps.
User :   whats knif used for
Doctor :   For making the cut in the cadaver.
User :   ic is it true there remove my ribs ?
Doctor :   They can remove the rib cage for studying and also the bones may be separated.
User :   k may i ask when im a cadaver once at school no one canget my body back can thay ?
Doctor :   No the body cannot be taken back once donated.
User :   its ok i dont have any familly was bought up in care and thats y i desided i like to be a cdaver even as im dieing young im sure there be ok with me ?
Doctor :   Its something very appreciable that you have decided to donate your body and no need to worry the cadavers are preserved and taken good care of
User :   thats good im happy to be a cadaver but how can thay undress me its going be hard once im dead ant it ?
Doctor :   The body is since being used for training purpose they will do it since each and every organ is to be studied, anyways how does it matter to you after that.
User :   thats true im dead
User :   may i ask do you have email i can send a body pic to so you can see what i look like and tell me will i be ok to be a cadaver ?
Doctor :   Yes you can send me the picture at YYYY@YYYY with your name and subject line.
User :   ok is it ok to send one with out clothing so you can see how i look as a cadaver ?
Doctor :   Yes its fine.
User :   hi just sent pic called XXXXXXXX skuce pic ok
Doctor :   Ok give me sometime i will see
User :   ok
Doctor :   You will be ok as cadaver.
Doctor :   Have seen the pic
User :   i wont look like that after studys will i
Doctor :   No you will not as your body will be dissected to study various body organs.
User :   yes may i ask as you see my penis is an mid size will this be dissected ??
Doctor :   The scrotum and whole penis may be dissected to study the structures.
User :   from the pic you saw will mine be ok to be dissected ?
Doctor :   Yes its fine
User :   may i ask will my pubic heair stay on my body ?
Doctor :   They may also be removed.
User :   do you think mine will be
Doctor :   I cannot comment, it depends on the medical school
User :   may i ask for how long would thay use me for ?
Doctor :   Once the cadaver reaches the dissection hall its studied by students for about an year and then the organs are preserved.
User :   what happens to the rest of me after ?
Doctor :   Each and every organ is preserved.
User :   so there be no remains of me then ?
Doctor :   Your every body part is being utilized by the students, this is the good thing.
User :   yes its what i want may i ask how is my spine removed ?
Doctor :   For all your doubts about the things done to your body in the anatomy department for study, you can contact one of the professors there and request a detailed explanation
User :   yes i think i will but is my body remains ever put to rest ?
Doctor :   The organs are preserved separately and studied.
User :   also have you ever herd of dr van hagen who does bodyworlds ?
Doctor :   I do not have any knowledge about this, a am sorry.
User :   its ok thanks i just hope being a cadaver will help others learn as im not to fat to be used am i
Doctor :   It will definitely help.
Doctor :   No you are not fat.
User :   may i ask y does the med school request a photo of me
Doctor :   It may be that they would be following this procedure.
User :   ok may i ask if you had me as a cadaver would you be happy to dissect me from what you seen of my body ?
Doctor :   Yes i would be.
User :   ok i like to say thanks for all you advice and help you been a great help bye for now
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me, bye for now.
User :   just one thing is it true i may have to be placed on the floor at the med school while thay make room for my body ?
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