Purpose of the App Review:
1) Will CT Anatomy teach me how to read a “normal” CT scan?
2) Are the images clear and is everything visible?
3) Does the app include common pathologies?
Understanding how to read CT images is incredibly important for physicians and most other providers.
However, getting accustomed to different imaging modalities can certainly be tough. CT Anatomy, produced by George Michalopoulos and the iCat Medical Software team, is an app that essentially has a full body CT and names all important anatomical structures.
The app simply opens with the most rostral image of the CT set. There are some simple navigation instructions included on the opening page of the app.
The user can advance through the CT set by using the navigation buttons to the right and left of the image.
Color coded pins are used to label the anatomic structures. The different color of the pins denotes the different type of anatomy: blue is for muscles, red is for vascular structures, green is for bone.
The user can use the top navigation bar to learn specific types of anatomy (bones, muscle, organs, vascular).
The images are scalable, even if the image is zoomed in, the image quality is still intact.
Additionally, the user can use the bottom navigation tool to jump to a specific region of the body (head, neck, thorax, etc).
The one part of normal human anatomy that is not covered is the female pelvis/perineum region. Besides missing female P&P, the app is pretty comprehensive.
- CT app that includes entire human body
- Images are scalable and very easy to see
- Pins marking anatomic structure are color coded to type of anatomy (muscle, bones, vascular, etc)
- Could be used to show patients what “normal” anatomy looks like
- The app does not include female anatomy–the full body CT is of a male
- No pathology or basic description of structures is covered
- Anatomy is labeled using pins so it is difficult to understand where one anatomic structure begins and one ends
Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app:
- All physicians
- Radiology technicians
- PA, Nurse Practitioners
- Medical Students/ any student taking human anatomy
- CT Anatomy is a useful radiology app that helps educate the user on normal human anatomy seen on the CT. It is great for learning general anatomy or showing patients a normal CT scan for comparison. The app has a full body CT scan and uses color coded pins to label the anatomic structures.
- The app costs $9.99, which is certainly costly, but it is a helpful app if you are in the market for a fully labeled CT set.
- The app is comprehensive except the developers did not include female pelvis & perineum region. It should be pointed out that the CT Anatomy app only includes a normal human CT, and does not cover any pathology nor does it go in depth about any of the anatomic structures.
Overall: 3.5/5 Stars
User Interface: 4/5 Stars. Simple app, so naturally easy to navigate. Adding a search tool might be helpful.
Multimedia Coverage: 3/5 Stars. The app is basically one head to toe human CT scan – nothing fancy. But the images are high quality, even when zoomed in.
Price: 3/5 Stars. $9.99 is pricey but it will be helpful as a refresher or for patient education.
Real World Applicability: 4/5 Stars. This app is a reference/education app but it can also be used for patient education.
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad (compatible), iPod Touch (3rd generation and later)
Requires: iOS 5.1 or later
Disclaimer: This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.