A digital revolution for studying human anatomy
by Laura Domela
April 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM
Medical informatics experts want to bring the digital revolution to studying human anatomy.
The BioDigital Human is a three-dimensional, fully interactive visualization program. While it won’t completely replace old-fashioned dissection, its users can explore a human body in ways not possible with a cadaver, much less a medical atlas.
With traditional anatomy atlases, “you’re at the mercy of what they’ve created for you. Here, you can manipulate it yourself,” said New York University anatomy instructor Victoria Harnik, who helped design the BioDigital Human.
Unlike cadavers, the digital body can be explored again and again. Real dissections are one-shot deals.