We’re all familiar with the 3D glasses by now. But now the 3D technology is also going to be uses to teach medical students about the anatomy of the human body. At the New York University School of Medicine, students now can navigate through a virtual body using a computer and 3D glasses. They can dissect the virtual body, which is projected on a screen.
The virtual human body is made possible by BioDigital Systems, a medical visualization company from Manhattan that we have covered before. BioDigital makes anatomical animations for all kinds of companies and institutions, such as pharmaceutical companies, medical device makers and medical schools.
BioDigital Systems wants to develop the virtual human body further on its medical education site BioDigitalHuman.com. Their goal is to provide a searchable, customizable map of the human body, which is freely accessible: something like Google Maps for the human body. The website is at the moment only available in beta version, but in the coming months BioDigital plans to offer its code to health websites and health professionals.
It’s still the question whether the virtual body will replace an actual dead body for the sake of anatomy classes. Most likely it will be used in the future to complement current educational methods.