August 20, 2010

Stumbled upon: Anatomy.tv

Every physician has his/her own preference of *primary sources*. By that I mean websites, journals, blogs etc. they read the most, usually the ones they open up over the first cup of coffee in the morning. It's impossible to check all those medical sites out there as there are thousands of them and growing by every day.

But having this zone of comfortability also has some disadvantages as many doctors feel they don't need to use other sites. They feel they get enough of information from the ones they are currently using and don't see the point in trying out the new ones. Our senior colleges are a prime example - the ones who just hate the Web 2.0 revolution. Well it might work for some time but eventually they will stagnate. We all remember how beta blockers suddenly became state-of-art treatment module for heart failure. We just got blinded by old habits.

I really like to watch over the shoulders of my colleges and see what their primary sources are. Today I got to know an incredible website that somehow just has passed my radar all those years. I just couldn't believe it since it's the best I've seen in its field - basic human anatomy. The site is anatomy.tv. It's one hell of a site, presenting the human body not only in 3D but in layers so that you can easily find that structure you want to know more about. Perfect for orthopedics with its endless ligaments and muscle insertions you just love to forget. It has videos providing details such as functions of muscles. It has a special window to compare an MRI image to the anatomical view. You can click the MRI to see details of every small structure and it even has some clinical info. I haven't had the time to check the details but it's a "seeing is believing" kind of site. Definitely worth checking out.