Speed Muscles MD (1.1) [App Review]

Speed Muscles MD is an app that helps you practice and memorize muscle anatomy. It provides a way to rapidly review the muscles in an entertaining fashion. It can actually be played as a game, which I thought was a nice twist.  This review will cover the features of this medical application.

Advantages:
  • Good way to practice your anatomy while you are on the go.
  • Game mode makes it fun to practice, allows you to compete with friends, and also review the muscles you missed.
  • Superficial and Deep muscles are included.
  • 15 different levels, with 8 to 13 muscles per group.
  • Particularly useful for memorizing arm and leg muscles.
  • Nicely priced at $2.99, compatible with iPod Touch and iPhone
  • Zoom Feature (below picture)
Improvements that could be made:
  • An option to slow the time limit given per muscle, especially in practice mode
  • Label the different levels by muscle groups, instead of numerically
  • A more detailed picture of hands and feet
  • Possible integration with ligaments
Who this app would be great for:
  • Medical students, college students or high school students learning anatomy.

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Conclusion:

I wish I had this app available during gross anatomy when I was a first year medical student. It would have been a nice way to study on the go. I don’t think this app replaces netters flash cards, but I think its great for when you’re doing your musculoskeletal block of gross anatomy. I think this app will be of biggest utility to college and high school students, but at the same time definitely help with gross anatomy on a medical school level. Doctors or PA’s might also want to get this app for fun(game mode), its funny in a bit of a sad way to see how much gross anatomy you’ve forgotten (hahaha). Overall, I’d definitely have to recommend this app to the above people, at this price its a steal. You can get the app at this link from the app store. The website for the app can be found here http://speedanatomy.blogspot.com.

Further Review:

Levels: There are 15 different levels, each level has 8 to 13 muscle that you need to identify. There are 2 diffent methods to use this app, Game mode and Practice mode. In game mode you need to get 50% of the muscles correct before you can proceed to the next level. There are also points assigned to the muscles you answer correctly, and you are given the option to enter high scores. At the end of game mode there is an option to review the muscles you missed, which is a great idea.

Practice Mode: I think this app really shines in practice mode. You can select which level you want to play (1 -15), and practice on that particular group of muscles. The first two levels are shots of the front and back portions of the body, and you are asked superficial muscles. The app then gets more detailed, with muscle features from the face, neck, chest, back, arms, and legs. There are 3 levels dedicated just for the arms and it gets detailed as well, such as hitting all the flexor muscles in the arms (carpi ulnaris, pollicis brevis, crapi radialis, pollicis longus, digitorum superficialis, etc).

Deeper muscles: After I did the first two levels (superficial muscles), I was skeptical at first because it labeled the hamstring as one muscle, but then I realized the app gets a lot more detailed. For example, in level 12 (refer to picture), you can see how the hamstring muscles are then individually asked (semitendinosus, semimembranosus and the biceps femoris). This type of side by side look, where superficial and deeper muscles are tested is repeated throughout the app.

Zoom feature: The zoom feature allows you to be more precise when picking a muscle. If you hold your finger to an area on the screen it will magnify (refer to picture), allowing you to correctly select the muscle. I thought this feature was definitely helpful, although it would have been nice to use the native iPhone zoom capability as well.

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Author:

Iltifat Husain, MD

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of iMedicalApps.com. Emergency Medicine Faculty and Director of Mobile App curriculum at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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2 Responses to Speed Muscles MD (1.1) [App Review]

  1. tamiatree August 2, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    this is exactly the sort of thing I am looking for. But I need it for my google phone!

  2. M.A.R. August 3, 2009 at 7:48 pm #

    hey tamiatree, you should email the developer for this and ask him to make an app for the google based (android) phones! let us know if you need his email address, he is always looking for suggestions. we made a list of our most useful apps (you can find the link in the top right of the website), are some of those available for the google phone?

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