by: Joshua Harding BSc Hons (MS2)

Neuroanatomy is a dynamic field that all medical students and allied health professionals need to know about.

The nature of the student’s course will, obviously determine the depth and focus.

When considering the knowledge required to pass a degree course in Medicine, mastery of anatomical details are usually the main goal, followed by searching for applications of this knowledge, and herein lies the pitfall of all too many neuroanatomy learning resources.

Pocket Brain is the latest app in the Pocket Anatomy series from award winning developers eMedia Interactive, who have successfully managed to negotiate this pitfall on their first attempt. Here we review it for the iPad.

We looked at Pocket Body back in 2011 and found it to be a very impressive app. So impressive in fact it picked up 2nd place in our list of top iPad anatomy apps.

Pocket brain brings a 3D neuroanatomy learning experience to your iPad or iPhone. Including 8 layers of detail and more than 30,000 words of learning material, Pocket Brain also manages to fit in 13 high yield cross sections, important nerve pathways and clinical cases.

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The first thing you notice when opening Pocket Brain, is that it’s quick and responsive. Unlike some of its competitors you don’t have to wait for anything to load before you can fully utilize the 3D model, making for a much smoother user experience. On start up a simple icon menu allowing for selection of your starting layer is used, a small change from the original Pocket Body.

The original layout hasn’t been lost altogether, as once a layer is selected it’s possible to use the slider bar to move deeper or more superficially through the layers.

The quality of the 3D model does not disappoint. The anatomically correct but stylized brain looks stunning, and as we would expect each pin is still packed with information which can be accessed by pressing and selecting the i function. This brings up a familiar user interface with four sections to choose from,

  • Anatomy
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  • Functions
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  • Clinical
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  • Notes
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Each tab is self-explanatory and gives you a wealth of knowledge for each anatomical part.