There are a vast number of anatomy apps available on the App Store which are all perfectly acceptable. Many have unique selling points and features specific to that application. Therefore while these apps cannot be recommended as the ‘best anatomy app’ available, they may perform their specific purpose extraordinarily well.
An example of this is the two radiographic anatomy apps from Monster HD which contain high resolution detailed MRI images of the upper and lower limb respectively. These apps carry out their specific purpose better than any other radiographic app available. Listed below are a number of notable apps with a brief summary describing their particular use and a link to the appropriate review
Instant Anatomy Lectures: Topics In Focus
Instant Anatomy Lectures are audio-visual lectures that cover a wide range of complex anatomical locations. The combination of audio and visual stimulus will appeal to those who may have different learning styles whilst the low price will appeal to everyone. Medical students who are grasping basic anatomy concepts will find this useful.
Anatomy i-Pocket fulfils its role as a flash card based anatomy refresher app. The clear diagrams and simple user interface allow relevant anatomy to be accessed rapidly whilst the level is suitable from medical student to practicing physician (not surgical).
Thieme’s Atlas of Anatomy
The Thieme Atlas of Anatomy app makes good use of the iPad’s large screen size and rich color imaging. The app is fun and fairly user friendly, though parts of the user interface could use improvement (such as the thumbnails at the bottom of each page). The quiz mode is well implemented. This app is useful for medical students and physicians alike, though its main appeal would be to medical students.
Monster Anatomy HD: Upper/Lower Limb
Summary: Monster Anatomy HD – Upper Limb would be particularly useful to students who are looking to transfer their gross anatomical knowledge to actual radiographs. The clear labels and ability to select and track different anatomical features is useful and complemented by the high resolution images. Despite the high price and lack of both upper limbs, this app will be useful for those who are trying to understand radiographic gross anatomy or interested in informing patients.
Muscle & Bone Anatomy3D
Summary: This app is an ideal introduction to gross anatomy for medical students at the beginning of their course. The basic level of detail is appropriate for first years and learning is complemented with media such as audio pronunciations and videos. The cheap price and impressive, attractive user interface, means that students looking for an introduction to anatomy need look no further.
Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy
Summary: While Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy is expensive, it is a complete anatomy text with decent anatomical illustrations. The labelling system needs updating before it can be fully recommended as the app is difficult to use when a new page opens once a label has been selected. Similarly there are potentially a number of issues relating to the low resolution of images during magnification. Overall Skyscape’s version of Netter’s Atlas of Anatomy is a good anatomy atlas although it is not a stand out contender.
Wildcard – Grays Anatomy
One of the staple anatomy textbooks read by many physicians across the world is Grays Anatomy. Publisher Elsevier has released two apps on the App Store but unfortunately, we were unable to get hold of a review copy. These apps are based on the highly successful texts and it is highly probable that these have transferred to the iPad with significant success.
These are all expensive, though, they are also likely to be very safe bets for the healthcare professional looking for a renowned, reliable anatomy resource. A word of warning is to stay away from the cheap versions of Grays Anatomy based on the original print. These texts have minimal use in a modern healthcare setting.
iTunes Gray’s Anatomy Link
iTunes Gray’s Atlas of Anatomy