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October 8, 2009, 03:00 PM ET

Want to Learn Anatomy? There's An App For That

Researchers at the University of Utah have created new iPhone applications that help people study anatomy and medicine.

 

One of the applications, called AnatomyLab, allows students to view a body in different stages of dissection. Researchers dissected a cadaver and photographed it at 40 different stages of the process.

 

“It’s aimed at students who want to learn anatomy,” Mark Nielsen, a biology professor, said in a statement. “There’s no substitute for real dissection, but a lot of students in the undergraduate world don’t have access to cadavers in anatomy lab. So we tried to provide them with a realistic lab setting on their phone.”

 

Another application lets users look at three-dimensional images of medical scans, and a third in development would let people analyze large image files on their iPhones.

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