Medical Science Educator

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 308–312 | Cite as

Using a Three-Dimensional Virtual Platform to Teach the Pterygopalatine Fossa

  • April Richardson-Hatcher
  • Matthew Hazzard
  • Jennifer Brueckner-Collins
Short Communications


Virtual world technology was used to create 3D anatomy models of the pterygopalatine fossa, including a basic cone model that illustrates the boundaries and transmitted nerves and an organic model that displays the nerves in context with surrounding bones. The design and implementation of the virtual models are discussed here.


Virtual world Second Life three-dimensional pterygopalatine fossa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • April Richardson-Hatcher
    • 1
  • Matthew Hazzard
    • 2
  • Jennifer Brueckner-Collins
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Kentucky College of MedicineLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.University of Kentucky Information TechnologyLexingtonUSA
  3. 3.University of Louisville School of MedicineLouisvilleUSA

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