Why a Visual Anatomy Database?

Why is a digital collection of anatomy, physiology, and pathology visualizations a valuable resource for students, faculty, health care professionals and patients?

  • Students want access to visual reference materials (hello, YouTube!). Instructors want these materials to be accurate, comprehensive, engaging, versatile, and easy to use. This 2017 anatomy instructor survey includes a summary and the data on the growing demand for visual reference materials in anatomy and physiology programs.
  • The results of numerous studies suggest that 3D models of anatomical structures facilitate students' understanding of spatial relationships in the human body.
  • Hospitals rely on 3D visuals and online content for a good amount of their patient education and the continuing medical education they offer their healthcare professionals. This blog post reviews some resources that share these trends.
  • Virtual models and 3D animations provide a solution to the demand at universities for more hands-on lab time, and more ways to support online courses.

Overview of Visible Body Content

Visible Body has over 24,000 items in its visual database. These include: 3D models of anatomical structures and systems, physiology animations, pathology visualizations, illustrations, cadaver images paired with CTI or MRI scans, definitions, pronunciations, learning presentations that use this visual content, and more. Preview our 3D content here.

All of Visible Body’s content is created by a team of biomedical visualization experts and is reviewed by outside panels of instructors and healthcare professionals. Visible Body's 3D products have won prestigious awards from professional societies and consumer groups for anatomical accuracy and ease of use! This blog post includes an overview of features and testimonials from customers.

Visible Body's library of human body visualizations is curated into a series of products. Each product is designed to fit a specific type of healthcare professional, student, or instructor. Some institutions subscribe to one product and others subscribe to all. The products link up with learning management systems for institutions that want to assign learning content straight from the products to students in a course.

Here is a snapshot of some best-selling products:

Visible Body's Human Anatomy Atlas
Human Anatomy Atlas

Our flagship, award-winning bestselling 3D atlas of the human body. Watch an overview.

Visible Body's Muscle Premium
Muscle Premium

Used by orthopedic specialists, kinesiologists, physical therapists, and others learning or teaching about muscles and bones. Watch an overview.

Anatomy & Physiology

Designed to follow the curriculum of an introductory anatomy and physiology course. Watch an overview.

For a list of content in each Visible Body Site License product, release notes, and tutorial videos and descriptions, visit our support site and select any site license listing.

Available Platforms and Languages

Visible Body has been providing visual reference content to medical schools, university libraries, hospitals, governments, and institutions all over the world for more than a decade. All of our content is optimized to reach the largest possible audience at your institution:

  • Subscription site license access includes web access and mobile app access (Android and iOS) to on-campus and off-campus individuals within your institution's network.
  • Web access includes support for multiple browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) and many configurations for PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks. For a sample, review the system requirements for the latest release of Human Anatomy Atlas Site license.
  • Subscription site license access includes Visible Body apps that can he downloaded onto mobile devices and can be used without an internet connection.
  • All the user interface, labels, definitions, and descriptions in our best-selling apps are available in multiple languages. Videos assets play English audio and display subtitles in multiple languages. Users can access the language picker in the settings menu to select their desired language.
  • If you have labs with Windows or macOS computers without access to the internet, or with zSpace machines or Sectra tables, Visible Body offers versions of our flagship Human Anatomy Atlas that can support those settings.

Becoming a Site License Customer

Libraries, academic departments, and other institutions can subscribe to a site license for a single Visible Body product or product bundle and get web and mobile access, whether students are on campus or off-campus.

  • Institutions with instructors asking about LMS integration can opt for that additional feature. Currently Visible Body offers integrations with the following learning management systems: Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, D2L, and Visible Body Courseware.
  • Site licenses are priced based on the number of users at your institution to whom the apps would be relevant.
  • Visible Body offers 30-day trials for institutions interested in trying the product(s) before choosing to become a subscriber.
  • Visible Body supports trials and customers with training, media kits for librarians and departments to get the word out to students and faculty, surveys to collect information on student and faculty reviews of Visible Body products, and loads of resources to integrate the products into students learning and instructor curricula.


The Visible Body Blog has a section dedicated to testimonials and advancements in using technology to teach and learn about the human body. Here are some highlights:

Have questions? Want to start a trial or get a quote? Contact our Education Team!