Purpose of App Review

  • To discuss a human skeleton app that may be useful to some medical students.

Introduction

When it comes to skeletons, one can get lost in the minute details and intricate labels of different parts of the human bone structure.

Human Bones (lite) offers students an interactive way of committing this information to memory.

 

 

 

Users can choose from a general skeleton view to any of the following more granular parts of bone anatomy:

  • Skull
  • Rib Cage
  • Hand
  • Pelvis
  • Foot

Choosing any of these options retrieves a visual of the bone’s structure with numbered labels for different sections, as well as a description of these sections at the bottom of the screen.

Rotating and zooming features are also available with the lite version of the app. More details on what the full version offers in the following section of this review.

User Interface

Using Human Bones (lite) is as simple as choosing an option, viewing the structure, and learning about what you’re seeing. The capability to rotate structures is also a major plus for interactive learning. Users will like the sleek design and easy-to-follow information found in a given structure.

However, users may have a difficult time viewing the entire structure while reading about a section in some instances. Depending on how long the description is, it may take up a lot of real estate on the screen, causing the structure to be covered up by the text.

There is a work-around for this issue–the Hide/Show button at the bottom of the screen. This button hides the description text from view so users are able to see the structure if they like. Though this button functions properly, it is not intuitive what Hide/Show means; users will need to tap the button and notice what changes on their screen.

The full version of the app contains the following advantages:

  • No ads
  • More graphics and definitions
  • Includes graphics and definitions of muscles as well as bones
  • Better system updates available

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Price

  • Free for lite version
  • $1.09 for full version

Likes

  • Easy to use and clear visual detail
  • Definitions of bone structures
  • Rotating and zooming in/out on bones

Dislikes

  • Advertisements
  • Inability to share information with another application
  • Minor difficulty in understanding the Hide/Show button
  • Unclear on authority of app; what source is this information coming from?

Conclusion

  • A sufficient tool in aiding medical students with bone structure information retention
  • Free and pay-for version with added capabilities and features
  • Can interact with bones structures and view definitions of sections simultaneously

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

Google Play Link

Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 4

  1. User Interface – 4 (would be a 5, but the ads get in the way)
  2. Multimedia usage – 3 (app is interactive in terms of moving/zooming visuals, but nothing else)
  3. Price – 5
  4. Real world applicability – 4 (can be a very helpful tool for medical students)

Phone used for review: Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S phone)

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.