3D-View Software Architecture Advances Educational Anatomy Software

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Educational anatomy software provider Next Dimension Imaging has released software product AnatomyLab IV. The combination of visualization and information technology and the architecture of the vendor's anatomical software platform is the base for a open system which allows user specific addition and sharing of learning content and integration of online resources.

Regional 3D-Views can be added by multiple selection of thumbnail previews

Regional 3D-Views can be added by multiple selection of thumbnail previews

The strength of AnatomyLab IV as an open system for human anatomical visualization and information is that it is widely independent from terminology and language.

Next Dimension Imaging, a provider of leading Medical Education software for the Anatomy of the human body has announced the release of its new product AnatomyLab IV. Based on a new multi-million-polygon 3D-model, the product combines information technology with 3-dimensional anatomical visualization. Addition of both user content and online access to structurally related information are essential features of AnatomyLab IV and other medical education products from Next Dimension Imaging.

The software company had published its first anatomical education software five years ago and it introduced many innovative features that have become a standard for human anatomical software. With the goal to provide innovative learning software, which would fully utilize modern software technology and information technology, a product platform had been designed which can do more than 3-dimensional viewing.

Before the first product was developed, the designers dropped the commonly used 3D-model-centric architecture and developed a product platform with a clear-cut '3D-View' architecture. A 3D-View which represents a 3-dimensional regional view into the human body can be interactively navigated. Since the view does not contain model data, it can be saved as a tiny file. By attaching user-specific medical information and user-specific content and links to a 3D-View file, AnatomyLab converts from a sole 3D viewing system into a powerful open system for learning, presentation and reference. Collections of 3D-Views can be grouped, searched, shared, emailed, published and quickly recalled for a live presentation. The library of 3D-Views forms a multimedia Anatomy Atlas which can be tailored to specific learning content, terminology and language.

The pure 3D-View architecture is complemented by a second core feature of AnatomyLab. Multiple regional 3D-Views of the massive full body model can be displayed simultaneously. As a result, the visual user interface is very intuitive and can display preview thumbnails of 3D-View collections and multiple 3D-windows for structural comparison. 3D-Views can be quickly combined or further dismantled by clicking thumbnails representing body regions or structures. With the release of AnatomyLab IV, products become scalable. 3D-View files are compatible and can be imported by other products from Next Dimension Imaging.

"Given the diversity, dynamics and complexity of medical knowledge and subjects, software can do more than visualize human anatomy 3-dimensionally. With the addition of user-specific content and integration of user-specific information sources, learning software becomes adaptive and forms a new dimension of interaction and active learning besides printed books and e-books," commented managing director and founder Lothar Muench.

AnatomyLab runs either from a local computer, or from a local network or a cloud computer. Since no download bandwidth limitations apply, regions of the large full body model can be visualized with a high level of detail and quality. Additionally, interactivity and personalization benefit from the offline execution of the software significantly. The strength of AnatomyLab as open system for human anatomical visualization and information is its adaptability and flexibility, and that it is widely independent from terminology and language. Suitable in many settings, the software is used for teaching, learning, presenting, studying, patient communication and injury documentation.

Next Dimension Imaging offers software products for full body anatomy, brain anatomy, musculoskeletal anatomy and skeleton. Product customization and custom model integration is available on request.

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