It has been many years since I set foot in a gross anatomy lab, but I still remember it vividly. Almost any medical provider who took an anatomy class likely has many memories–good and bad–of their anatomy lab. The patients who donated their bodies for science should be revered by all of us for allowing us to learn one of the most important skills for any medical provider. Not a day goes by that we fail to draw on the anatomy we learned over the 1st year of medical school and throughout our careers.
How can we continue to refresh our knowledge in the digital age? I still have copies of my Netter’s and Hollinshead atlases, but they are not usually within reach when I am in an exam room with a patient. I have been using the excellent Visible Body atlas for most point of care review and patient education when it comes to anatomy, or simply make crude drawings on a sheet of paper. Previously, we evaluated several anatomy apps and found Visible Body to be the best for providers. Since that time, Visible Body has become the dominant anatomy app for iOS and Android with innumerable features and “luxury” functions compared to the competition. The price has also increased to $24.99 with additional costs for in-app purchases to add even more functionality.
What about options for those looking for something under $10.00? The latest addition to the growing number of anatomy apps is the Johns Hopkins Muscle Anatomy 3D app. Here at iMedicalApps we have been big fans of many of the Hopkins apps especially their outstanding ABX Guide–the infectious disease app of choice in our opinion–and also enjoyed their Osler Medicine Survival Guide. This new anatomy guide is powered by BioDigital who makes several anatomy offerings for iOS and Android. Those versions cost more than the new Hopkins’ edition, but are more comprehensive as well.
Let’s try out the Hopkins Muscle Anatomy 3D to see it in action.
Evidence based medicine
Hopkins Muscle Anatomy certainly isn’t as comprehensive as a Netter or Hollinshead textbook anatomy atlas, but it provides unique 3D perspectives that a traditional textbook cannot match.
What providers would benefit from this App?
Students, residents, mid-levels, hospitalists, any staff provider who wants an anatomy reference for review or use with patients.
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- Interface is easy to use and has help section.
- Includes videos of certain body functions and quizzes.
- Economical considering prices of comparable anatomy guides.
- Load time very slow for different sections.
- Lacks the details and options of some of the competition.
- Not available for Android at this time.
A quality and economical anatomy atlas from a trusted source. However, the app lacks the functions and speed of many of its competitors.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Simple to use interface with introductory video and help sections.
- Multimedia Usage
The multimedia aspects are the app’s strongest suit with wide range of user inputs, but app is slow to load.
App is only $9.99, but the competition offers more complete references and function.
- Real World Applicability
A good anatomy atlas for the price. There are better apps for this purpose available that have been reviewed by iMedicalApps, but none at this price. Certainly, gets the job done, and much better than the static anatomy texts I used back in medical school.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 6S running iOS 10.3
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