At Dundee, we use the Thiel embalming system, which offers a novel and revolutionary experience of working with human material compared to other preservation methods.

If you are considering using the Thiel method of embalming, we can help. As the first UK institution to take up this method, we have several years of experience working with it and are now considered the UK’s leading Thiel facility. Our technicians have been consulted by a variety of anatomical institutions across the world already, including in Sri Lanka, Israel, Thailand and the UK.

Our Thiel cadavers:

  • maintain the fascial layers between structures.
  • are highly flexible and retain lifelike colour and consistency.
  • offer an outstanding experience, whether you intend to test an innovative medical device, to train medical practitioners in a surgical procedure, to carry out morphological research, or to learn anatomy through dissection.
  • are flexible enough to be moved into any position.
  • can be ventilated, sutured, perfused, or insufflated.
  • can undergo endoscopy, bronchoscopy, arthroscopy, ureteroscopy or laparoscopy, providing a high fidelity simulation experience

They can also be used in imaging studies, where X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound all offer a highly realistic experience. We accept around 90 donations per year, and at any one time, have approximately 200 Thiel cadavers.


Most of our body donors come from Dundee, Tayside and the surrounding areas. All of them have altruistically and generously donated their bodies for the improvement and furtherance of medical education and research. Because of the versatility and longevity of the Thiel system, we are able to make maximal use of the gift of our donor bodies for multiple procedures or projects during the legislated three years that they’re with us, fulfilling the wishes of our donors in many different ways.


We also work closely with the School of Medicine at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

The Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation can provide expertise in surgical skills and more sophisticated surgical equipment such as laparoscopic stacks and virtual simulation programmes.


The Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT) can offer expertise in image guided interventional therapy and robotics, with imaging facilities including MRI, CT and fluoroscopy.

Equipment and facilities

As a highly specialised anatomy centre within a university environment, we can offer you an experience that fulfils your learning requirements and caters for your needs:

  • Our Dissecting Room has 30 cadaveric stations, each with cadaver trolley, dissecting instruments and computer, enabling courses, dissections, or projects with a small or large number of participants to be carried out.
  • We have a variety of lecture theatres, seminar rooms and an anatomy museum, catering for diverse numbers of people. Catering can be arranged.


Centre for Anatomy and Human Identificatio
Medical Science Institute
Dow street
University of Dundee
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