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Anatomy.TV: Explore the human body in 3D

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VCU now offers unlimited access to Anatomy.TV, which features comprehensive and interactive 3D models of the human body.

This digital medical resource provides more than 6,500 anatomical structures, clinical slides, dissections, illustrations and animations that span every region of the body. The models are developed using real scan data providing medically accurate representations. The interactive human body is separated into nine regions that are fully explorable from simple structures in the head and neck area to the complexity of gross motor functions.

VCU’s Anatomy.TV subscription gives users access to three interactive modules: 3D Atlas, 3D Real-time and Functional Anatomy.

  • 3D Atlas presents a foundational learning experience, allowing users to select specific structures or systems. It provides interactive 3D views that can be layered, MRI scans, anatomical illustrations and movies. 3D Atlas operates like an interactive textbook, providing a guided look at the human anatomy.
  • 3D Real-time provides the same content as 3D Atlas, but offers a greater customizable and interactive experience. Users can fully explore 3D anatomical structures with an enhanced ability to rotate, zoom and layer. Structures can be made opaque or translucent and may be viewed in isolation or within its greater system. 3D Real-time also supports annotation and pin creation, audio pronunciations, drawing and labeling, and a stereoscopic 3D effect for viewing with 3D glasses.
  • Functional Anatomy includes a 3D anatomy atlas of over 290 interactive views, more than 75 muscle function animations and over 80 surface anatomy movies for real-life context. This module focuses on the musculoskeletal systems and their movements.

Anatomy.TV is indexed and exportable allowing for integration into presentations, slides and other study materials. Interactive quizzes and tutorial videos are also available to users.

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By K.J. Ricasata, Tompkins-McCaw Library Stacks Supervisor and Public Relations intern

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Anatomy.TV: Structures of the human body

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Anatomy.TV provides users with quality, in-depth information on the entire composition of the human body.

The database divides the body into nine sections for users to search through, including the head and neck, the foot and ankle and the thorax and abdomen. Along with the general structure, users are given the MRI, slides and movies on a particular section of the body.

To help users better understand the general workings of the body, Anatomy.TV offers interactive quizzes, 3D atlases and activities. The 3D atlas allows users to click on various arteries, bones and organs to more closely inspect their locations and functions. Users can access the interactive quizzes to test their knowledge on particular parts of the human body and to get an in-depth review of the body parts and their functions through a “review” button that links to that body part.

A catalog of videos is also available to help users comprehend what body parts allow humans to do certain movements. The VCU Libraries’ subscription to AnatomyTV now includes the Real Time feature. Real Time allows users to view three-dimensional images of human anatomy and capture images of selected views to later insert into emails and presentations. Real Time works best through Internet Explorer.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

Updated by Talicia TarverResearch and Education Librarian, Tompkins-McCaw Library

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