Visible Body’s Human Anatomy Atlas 2017 Edition – Complete 3D Human Body is a work of Art. Simply put, it is stunningly beautiful, as if Gray’s Anatomy has leaped from its pages and come to life. Weighing in at 1 GB, you know there is enough content to keep any HealthCare Professional or Student of life sciences engrossed for months, and an app to keep coming back to for reference. This comprehensive edition includes 3D modeling as well as 3D moving models of bones and the muscles that move them. That alone is worth the admission cost. Seeing how the body moves on such a detailed level, gives valuable insight into what may be causing someone’s distress or discomfort. And how cool is that, to actually see and identify what is going on with an individual, so that you can begin to help alleviate their suffering? In addition to the animations, viewing MRI and cadaver scans plus cross sections give a detailed view that is not readily available in one site or package. It includes both male and female representations, which is invaluable as a clinician, and you can compare and contrast images of MRIs, cross sections, and cadaver images. Now, why is that important? Different points of view may readily show both typical and atypical variations in anatomy. And that is essential in learning the variances to being human and treating an individual effectively.
On opening, there is a vast array to choose from in the visual table of contents. I can tell you that even after spending over 35 years in health care, it sends a shiver up my spine to see so much information presented at your fingertips. You can also search for a specific anatomical structure or topic in the search box. In each subsection under the view tab, standard iPad gestures of zooming in and out, panning, and rotating for view can be assessed on all models. Each item is tagged and can be faded for view of the structures underneath. Drawing or marking on a model can be done right on the iPad and saved as well as adding a note for future reference. Tapping on a featured photo brings up the name (with optional voiced pronunciation) and a short description, potential diagnoses related to that part of the body, and even links to video clips. Under the 3D tab that includes 3D photos and videos, the subtopics available for selection are:
- Anatomical Regions
- Body Systems
- Cross Sections – which can then be compared to MRIs with anatomical markers
- Muscle Actions – are dynamic displays where you can view elongation and shortening of muscles as well as their impact on the skeletal system or the body as a whole. It is especially interesting to note how weight shifts are related to movement.
Under Media are a variety of both student and patient education videos describing system overviews and pathologies. There is an IAP for 19.99 for the complete set of videos, but if you do any patient teaching, it may be worth a look. I will confess to buying it because of the incredible quality of the videos included in the atlas.
Quizzes test your knowledge for studying A&P before a test. As vision is the most dominant sense for most people, seeing the video content, helps students retain the information. There is also a section for saving any custom content that you may want to refer to later.
We had viewed parts of Visible Body’s Human Anatomy Atlas 2017 Edition at ISTE this past year and found it to be one of the jaw-dropping highlights of the conference. It is an outstanding piece of work that will be a treasured reference for students and clinicians on the go. The ability to customize views, note taking and ability to draw on the anatomical structures are invaluable tools. This is a TWA Top Pick and it is an honor to present Visible Body with our badge of highest recommendation.
Jo Booth OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist for over 35 years, and currently practices at EasterSeals of SEPA, Montgomery County Division mainly focusing in Early Intervention. It is an APS (Approved Private School) and home outreach based setting. She has also worked in Adolescent and Adult Rehabilitation. Writing reviews for Teachers With Apps has been a tremendous opportunity and experience to share and learn with others.