Published on June 16th, 2020 | by Emergent Enterprise0
How Augmented Reality Is Used in Teaching Anatomy
One of the primary “super powers” that is gained through augmented reality tech is x-ray vision. A primary example is seen in this post by Gergana Mileva at AR Post in which she shares several anatomy softwares that use augmented reality to allow future doctors, surgeons and nurses to see inside the body down to the molecular level. Taking this to an even higher level, Microsoft Hololens offers mixed reality (MR) technology that shows 3D models that can be manipulated by the learner to an even greater degree. This type of learning is high impact and can oftentimes save money. That’s a win-win.
Photo: Complete Anatomy AR
In recent years, we have been seeing growing interest in the applications of augmented reality beyond the world of gaming. There is, for instance, increasingly prominent utilization of AR in education.
AR’s immersive nature offers limitless opportunities to spice up boring classroom lectures—and of course, enhance learning. Hence, it’s no surprise that educators from all levels of education are experimenting with it.
That includes medical school.
Following the decline of cadaver-based teaching, educators have been seeking new ways to teach anatomy effectively. AR has proven to be useful in this field. Various institutions have been experimenting with immersive technologies. They’ve been implementing such technologies as part of multimodal, multimedia approaches to anatomy teaching.
Here, we will explore the use of AR in anatomy teaching.
Augmented Reality Applications in Anatomy Teaching
Complete Anatomy is arguably one of the most powerful AR apps in anatomy education. It delivers virtual models of the human body based on classic textbooks and anatomical papers. The creators, 3D4Medical, use the best resources possible to ensure accuracy.
Students can explore the body down to the cellular level. You can discover all the different types of cells and the roles they carry out that are essential to everyday living. Furthermore, you can select specific organs and see them at work. For example, you can view the heart in action. You will see how blood circulates with the real-time beating of the heart.
Perhaps the best part is that it offers 200+ hours of expert-led lectures. After in-depth lessons, you can test your knowledge by taking quizzes.
Another app that simulates cadaveric dissection is Human Anatomy Atlas. Visible Body created the app to provide students an alternative for cadaver-based learning. With an Android or iOS phone, anyone can access it.