At iMedicalApps, we believe that the ability for mobile devices to display a range of interactive visual media is one reason they are so powerful.

This has numerous implications from radiology to patient education and anatomy.

We have reviewed a number of anatomy resources and now will review Virtual Body Human Anatomy which won one of Apple’s Best Of app awards in 2012.

Virtual Anatomy presents a human anatomical model with a number of major systems.

Users can simply zoom in to a specific anatomical section using simple touch gestures.

There is no ability to rotate or manipulate the model in three dimensions but users can view the model from different orientations (AP etc).

The range of anatomical structures is good and this is suitable for all ranges of medical students and junior doctors who want to refresh their anatomy skills. This app purely presents an anatomy atlas and there are no clinical correlates or descriptions as found in other anatomy apps.

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The graphics are impressive and the illustrations are of a high quality. Anatomical structures are indicated with a red pin. Tapping on a pin highlights the relevant structure and a short sentence explaining the structure pops up. Pins can be turned on or off using a tab at the bottom of the screen. This app uses a clever system to vary the pins on display depending on the level of zoom which prevents the user getting overwhelmed. Layers can be added or removed to virtually dissect the body.

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There is also a unique system whereby the app can display multiple systems at once using a built in graphics box which can be moved by the user. This is useful for understanding the way certain structures relate to each other. The main dislike is the fact that each system can only be displayed at one particular time. Therefore, it is difficult to visualize all the systems combined together.

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There are plenty of uses for this visually appealing app beyond traditional anatomy education. Healthcare professionals could use this app for patient education purposes.

Price

  • $4.99

Likes

  • Wide range of systems
  • Increases detail as zoom level increases
  • Ability to overlay two separate systems
  • Search function

Dislikes

  • Not able to display more than two systems at once.

Conclusion

  • Virtual human body app is a worthy anatomy app with its fluid, simple interface. The level of anatomy is high and there is a wide range of structures included. Overall, one of the leading 2D apps and highly recommended for medical students.

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Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 4/5

  1. User Interface: 4/5
  2. Multimedia usage: 4/5
  3. Price: 5/5
  4. Real world applicability: 5/5

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.