Advances in technology have paved the way for innovations in educational techniques, 3D imaging, and mobile application development, and Primal Pictures (Colchester, UK) has seen this as an opportunity to expand its already acclaimed suite of 3D anatomical rendering software to the mobile market. The suite is a set of apps that can be purchased separately to study the knee, hip, shoulder, and elbow joints. Because the cost starts to add up as you buy more apps, this could deter the target demographic, which may consist largely of students. The functionality of the app itself, however, is spot on.
On start up, the shoulder app (this author’s review choice) presents the user with a home screen and a menu that contains ten topics of functional anatomy, such as extension, abduction, and internal rotation. Selecting one of these options brings the user to the main interface, consisting of a large diagram area on the left, and a scrollable information column on the right. The information column consists of an introduction to the chosen topic of interest, and subsequent sub-headings containing further information that a medical student may need to study. Within the information column, there are several pictures or short video clips, which may be selected at any moment to replace the previous image that was displayed in the diagram area – all pictures are 3D renderings of human muscle mass, joints, and bone structures, and are rotatable in any direction.
The Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries app looks to be successful as a study/education tool for medical students and biology classes, offering an intuitive interface, interactive media, and a wealth of information.