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Department of Anatomy & Histology

Anatomy describes the structure and location of the different components of an organism to provide a framework for understanding. Human anatomy studies the way that every part of a human, from molecules to bones, interacts to form a functional whole.

There are two major types of anatomy.

  • Gross (macroscopic) anatomy is the study of anatomical structures that can be seen by the naked eye, such as the external and internal bodily organs.
  • Microscopic anatomy is the study of tiny anatomical structures such as tissues and cells.
Gross Anatomy:

Gross anatomy can be further subdivided into three different fields:

  • Surface anatomy (or superficial anatomy) is the study of external anatomical features without dissection.
  • Regional anatomy focuses on specific external and internal regions of the body (such as the head or chest) and how different systems work together in that region.
  • Systemic anatomy focuses on the anatomy of different organ systems, such as the respiratory or nervous system.

Regional anatomy is widely used in modern teaching because it is easier to apply to a clinical setting than systemic anatomy. The major anatomy textbook, Gray’s Anatomy, has recently been reorganized from a systems format to a regional format to reflect this preference. Surface anatomy is also widely used to gauge the position and structure of deeper organs, tissues, and systems.

Microscopic Anatomy:

Within microscopic anatomy, two topics of study are of great importance:

  • Cytology, the study of the structure and function of cells.
  • Histology, the study of the organization and details of biological tissues.

The human body has many layers of organization. Biological systems consist of organs that consist of tissues, and tissue in turn is made up of cells and connective tissue. Microscopic anatomy allows one to focus on these tissues and cells.

Word from Head of the Department:

Welcome to the Department of Anatomy & Histology at IMTU! The history of anatomy has been an evolving understanding of organs and structures in the body. Beginning in Ancient Greece and developing through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, methods of studying anatomy have advanced dramatically. This field has moved from examination of animals and cadavers through invasive dissection to the technologically complex techniques developed in the 20th century, such as non-invasive imaging and radiology.

Generally, medical & allied health students learn about the human body from anatomical models, skeletons, textbooks, diagrams, photographs, lectures, and tutorials. Medical and dental students also learn through the dissection and inspection of cadavers. A thorough working knowledge of anatomy is required for all medical professionals, especially surgeons and doctors working in diagnostic specialties such as radiology which forms the discipline of clinical anatomy.

At IMTU Basic and Clinical Anatomy is taught across all the programmes namely MBBS, BSc Medical Laboratory Technology, BSc Nursing, MMed, and MSc Anatomy.

Vision & Mission:
  • Vision : To achieve an international reputation for education, research and social responsiveness within a rapidly changing scientific and technological environment. We endeavor to recruit, develop and retain staff that are diverse, committed and enthusiastic, to serve as role models to our students.
  • Mission: Committed to actively contribute to society by the pursuit of education and research at a national level of excellence that will promote health and development.
Core Values:

The Department will realize its mission and vision for the future in teaching, research and clinical practice.

We, the academic, technical and support staff will:

  • Strive towards the equal advancement of all students and staff.
  • Actively support diversity within our staff and student compliment.
  • Encourage mutual respect and demand the highest standard of professional conduct and ethical behavior.
  • Manage resources in a responsible and accountable manner.