Welcome to Human Anatomy Atlas 2023＋! Now, more than 6,000 manipulatable 3D structures and more than 200 histology slides and illustrations are at your fingertips.
The team at Visible Body is excited to launch the newest version of our award-winning Human Anatomy Atlas app. Human Anatomy Atlas 2023＋ is the first version to include 2D illustrations and histology slides in addition to our vast, easily navigable library of 3D anatomy models. Human Anatomy Atlas 2023＋ features 126 full color histology slides and 100 illustrations to help you teach, learn, and explore human anatomy.
Why slides and illustrations?
Detailed illustrations give an additional level of information on key concepts and structures, offering yet another tool to understand the human body.
Illustration from Human Anatomy Atlas 2023＋.
Traditionally, histology slides are made by fixing, sectioning, staining, and mounting tissue samples before they were examined under a microscope. Studying histology helps students understand anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry, and gives them a foundation to study pathology.
Stomach wall layer slide from Human Anatomy Atlas 2023＋.
These illustrations and histology slides have long been a feature of Anatomy & Physiology, Visible Body’s app that takes you step-by-step through each system of the body. We are excited to bring that content to Human Anatomy Atlas 2023＋ to give users a more complete view of the human body: now you can go from the level of gross anatomy to microanatomy right down to the tissue itself!
How to use the image viewer
Human Anatomy Atlas is designed for ease of use and connection-making between concepts, so it’s super easy to access the new content.
When you open Atlas, you’ll notice an icon between Views and Media in the main menu. Ta da! You can browse hundreds of images.
Illustrations and histology slides are readily accessible right from the related content box, so students can navigate smoothly through a topic. When you view a model, click on a structure. In the info box, you’ll notice a section for related content below the written description of the structure. The related content box is a great tool for exploration, and now you can access even more content!
Learning from macro to micro
Let’s take the app on a test drive! I’ll show you how Human Anatomy Atlas 2023＋ helps you navigate from the big picture to the tiny details.
We'll start by taking a look at the flexor pollicis longus, a muscle that helps move the thumb. After selecting the flexor pollicis longus, we can click on “Details” in the info box to view the muscle’s attachments, blood supply, and innervation, all in interactive 3D.
GIF from Human Anatomy Atlas.
Next, let’s move to microanatomy and look at the skeletal muscle model and its layers. From moving around the model, we can see how each muscle fiber consists of many myofibrils which are made up of thousands of sarcomeres, the smallest functional unit of muscle fibers.
Last but certainly not least, let’s look at a skeletal muscle histology slide.
Image from Human Anatomy Atlas.
Here, we can see the nuclei of the individual muscle cells, or myocytes. We can also see the light and dark bands made from sarcomeres; the light bands are made of thin filaments while the dark bands are made of both thin and thick filaments.
Want to use Human Anatomy Atlas 2023＋ for studying, exploration, or to communicate with patients? Try Web Suite, our library of 3D models, animations, diagnostic images, and bite-sized learning modules. Web Suite also comes with access to the Atlas mobile app for iOS or Android.
Want to use Human Anatomy Atlas 2023＋ in your classroom? You can request a free instructor trial of Courseware, our learning and teaching platform that comes loaded with anatomy, physiology, and biology content and features Human Anatomy Atlas!
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