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Examining You

Medical technology and your health

Understanding how our bodies work can help us stay healthy, determine when something is wrong, and get better when something does go wrong. Using a range of technologies, inspiration from medical experts, and a good-sense lifestyle, visitors can improve and maintain their overall well-being – from head to toe. This is the place where visitors will use various technologies to help them see how their own bodies function under different conditions. This is also where visitors encounter a few tricky games that reveal the brain’s role in how we perceive the world.

Anatomage Table

Sponsored by The Bone & Joint Center

The Anatomage shows human and animal anatomy in technologically advanced 3D visualization. Using a fully-segmented real human 3D anatomy system, users can examine anatomy and tissue samples as they would on a fresh cadaver. The table allows for exploration and learning of human and animal anatomy beyond what any cadaver could offer.

Bloodstream Super Highway

Sponsored by Metro-Area Ambulance Service

Visitors see how blood moves through our veins and arteries after leaving the chambers of the heart. Fluid pulses through 2”–3” diameter plastic tubing suspended over the heart-related components, providing a large-scale, dynamic, unifying design element to the gallery. In addition to the overhead blood vessels, a graphic panel provides a number of surprising facts about blood and the circulatory system.

Vein Viewer

Sponsored by Metro-Area Ambulance Service

Visitors place their forearms under a beam of near-infrared light to see the network of veins under their skin. Then they can do a self-test on the veins to see which direction the blood is flowing.

Your Circulating Blood

Sponsored by Metro-Area Ambulance Service

Using a hand pump, visitors move blood through a simple closed model of the circulatory system. As they use the pump, visitors feel how hard it is to do the work a heart does.

Scope on a Rope

Visitors can look at their skin, hair, and clothing using a high-powered magnifier connected to a monitor. Supporting graphics show the layers of our skin.


Sponsored by Sanford Health

At this simulated surgery activity, visitors perform a delicate task using laparoscopic surgical instruments. A monitor nearby features a surgeon describing how she uses robotic technologies that make very delicate surgeries possible, even from a distance.

Hear Me Two Ways

Visitors listen to low frequency sounds via bone conduction. They can also use a magnifier to examine a replica ear bone specimen, comparing it to a model ear or detailed graphic.

Test Your Reaction

Fast reactions can be done in the blink of an eye. Visitors test their own fast reactions as they catch a suddenly falling stick and see their reaction time.

Brain Matters Sample Table

Our brains are the neural command centers for all bodily systems, but we seldom get the opportunity to see one up close. A magnifier and supporting graphics help visitors find answers to questions about their own brains. A take-apart 3D model lets visitors remove the two halves of the brain from a mannequin’s head. Supporting graphics help visitors connect the left and right brain to the sides of the body that each controls.

Dental Experience

Sponsored by ND Dental Foundation

A large-scale mouth offers visitors the opportunity to brush and floss teeth, add fillings, and examine the anatomy of a tooth.

Model Eye

Sponsored by Lions International and Dakota Eye Institute

Visitors try to keep an eye model focused on an illuminated shape. They find out that they have to refocus the lens when they change the distance between eye and lens in order to keep the – inverted – image on the retina clearly visible.

Global Infection Tracker

Sponsored by North Dakota Health & Human Services

Visitors can test various scenarios to see how infection spreads throughout the population.

Virus Blaster

Sponsored by North Dakota Health & Human Services

Visitors build vaccines to blast the viruses and stop them from infecting more people.