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Monday, May 16, 2011

3D Anatomy online: one step closer to the real thing? by University of Bristol

Learning anatomy online is to benefit from a new tool using the latest technology, which allows users to see real specimens in high-definition 3D.
The free online resource, 'real 3d anatomy’, will offer students high-definition 3D anatomical models to help supplement their study when away from the lab.

Photo: Real 3D Anatomy

Using images of real specimens, the 3D models comprising approximately 20 individual bones from a canine skeleton are fully rotatable in 360 degrees from any angle and are complete with zoom functions.

Created by a team from the University of Bristol, led by Dr Cathy Fuller and Adam Baumberg from Creative Dimension Software Ltd (CDSL), the interactive resource has been produced using photographs of a canine bone set which are then transformed into 3D models using specialist software.

Dr Fuller from the University’s Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy (CCCA), said: “The tool is aimed at anyone, anywhere, who is studying or has an interest in anatomy and who may have no access to real bones. We hope that the interactive 3D nature of this resource will provide people with the next best thing.
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Source: University of Bristol


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