The Best iPhone Apps for Anatomy Students

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Despite advances in modern technology in the field of medicine, it is common for professionals and students in this space to carry around outdated reference guides as well as educational materials when performing their various tasks. Opposed to having to bring multiple textbooks around which can be heavy, many mobile apps have been released on the App Store to serve as an alternative to traditional books.  Although in a niche field, many apps and tools are made available which have been specifically designed for students studying anatomy or the medical field as a whole. From those which are either designed to assist in the learning process or serve as a quick reference guide, the apps listed in this article reveal some of the most useful resources for those interested in this realm. Whether you're just getting started or well into your curriculum, these iPhone apps will be an essential tool to any Anatomy buff.

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For those in the medical field, particularly students who are studying anatomy, apps such as Essential Anatomy 5 are extremely useful tools to have throughout the academic career. Providing a highly detailed diagram of the human body and different components of anatomy, the app features over 8,200 distinct structures for individuals to learn and study. In revealing such detail, it effectively eliminates the need for multiple reference textbooks as the structures can be quickly located on the app on demand. Instead of having to flip through hundreds of pages in order to locate specific structures that the reader may be interested in, Essential Anatomy 5 makes it simple to quickly locate specific areas or parts by having a comprehensive search function for immediate access to the information. Besides just providing the information related to the structures, images also compliment the description with great detail in order to enhance the learning and understanding for students who may desire to have visual supplements to the definitions.


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Developed by a group of professional academics and researchers, Complete Anatomy features a virtual dissection of the entire human body as to give students a realistic feel of the process and components of dissecting on cadaver prior to the actual operation itself. Perfect for preparation, the app also comes with various pictures and descriptions that enable medical and anatomy students to engage with the various steps that are involved in order to ensure a successful dissection. As the real dissection process is highly complex, Complete Anatomy is able to replicate the procedures with astonishing accuracy, providing the opportunity to move between 40 distinct body layers. Given the tools to zoom into specific components or rotating the images to get various perspectives, the app is extremely comprehensive and is an essential tool to all anatomy students who are required to participate in dissecting a cadaver as it is essentially a mock version prior to a an actual one.


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Beyond just the surface-level understanding of anatomy, Human Anatomy Atlas teaches the inner workings of the human body for a complete picture of how it functions as a whole. Instead of providing information on segmented parts of anatomy that are difficult to piece together without the proper knowledge, the app makes the broad topics of anatomy more intuitive. Coming with a medical reference tool which features a 3D atlas consisting of both the male and female bodies, Human Anatomy Atlas also includes over 4,600 detailed structures even though several of the structures are duplicated as a result of having them in both male and female models.  One feature that significantly differentiates the app from others in this realm is giving users the opportunity to edit or share the models with other colleagues, making it perfect for not only learning, but also for facilitating collaboration. Considered to be more of an in-depth tutorial rather than a simple reference guide, Human Anatomy Atlas is able to provide a more logical learning experience than competing apps in this category.

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Another app centered on anatomy, Visual Anatomy is a reference app which provides users with a simple and quick way of learning about various aspects of the human body. Featuring over 285 fully explained and annotated images, the information on the app consists nearly every aspect of the human body to ensure that the information is comprehensive and is able to cover the entirety of the material. Utilizing efficient techniques as a way of helping students access the content, all of the components listed in the app have been cross referenced and indexed so that the search tool is able to locate any specific term or body part quickly and easily instead of the manual process that would have to be done with a regular textbook.

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Beyond having a display of information in a reference app, BioDigital Human – Anatomy and Health Conditions is designed to facilitate the learning of anatomical concepts instead of just memorizing definitions. With over 300 easy-to-navigate flash cards, every flash card contains an image that gives detailed information of a specific body part in order to test students in this space. The flash cards also points to other links in order to provide additional information if the description on the card is not enough. For example, each flash card can lead to other connecting body parts to make the understanding of the entire body more intuitive and even to other sources of information. To further the notion of quizzing as a means to understanding the content, the quiz function is also available to gauge the level of comprehensiveness of the material.

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IMAIOS e-Anatomy is one of the apps which is able to provide a tremendous amount of value for those who are starting to learn about human anatomy for the first time. IMAIOS e-Anatomy app is intuitive in that it presents the information in a coherent and logical manner with the topics building upon itself for better understanding. Oppositely, apps for anatomy tend to only provide the user with requested information quickly as instead of teaching topics as a whole. Additional features of the app that make it a must-have is the ability to include labels which can be turned off or on, a searchable index, a note-taking function, and zoomable illustrations. To complement textbooks, IMAIOS e-Anatomy app is perfect for a deeper understanding of the overall topic instead of only being presented few scattered definitions for a complete learning experience.

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Developed by researchers at the University of Utah, the AnatomyLab app is a virtual dissection of a human body. It includes images of real human cadavers and is aimed at medical and anatomy students. You’re able to move between 40 separate body layers, zoom into different structures and rotate them to get different views. The one complaint I have is that it would be nice to keep the face of the cadaver covered, as they do in most classes. There is also a cheaper, scaled down version called “My Body,” which is a bit more appropriate for the curious amateur. It’s $1.99.

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Netter’s offers 300 easy-to-navigate flash cards. Each image provides detailed information, including an extensive description of that body part. It also pin points components with links to more information. There’s a quiz function for students as well. My one complaint is that cards are organized by body region and not the systems. Oh, and it costs $35.99. Well worth it if you’re studying Anatomy though!

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Moore’s flash cards have really great cranial nerve, head and neck detail. There’s “back of card” information and really good illustrations for the organs. However, there are no x-ray images and the illustrations are in pastels, which I find odd. This app is $19.99.

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