Fusing advances in visualization technology with the accuracy of radiology, BodyViz anatomy software renders interactive 3D visualizations directly from MRI and CT data on a laptop, PC and iPads. Used in higher education institutions and clinical settings, BodyViz provides real anatomy for repeated, non-destructive exploration, examination, and dissection. The software’s user interface, platform flexibility, and interactive functionality unleash curiosity, deepen learning, provide context, and expand student exposure to natural variations in anatomy. By using 3D visualizations from specific patient data, BodyViz improves and provides a foundation for more meaningful patient consultation. The only truly scalable anatomy software solution on the market, BodyViz integrates easily into classrooms, laboratories, libraries, patient consultation suites, and individual medical practices.
"BodyViz is the difference of working in 2D and guessing, and working in 3D and knowing."Thomas A. Aloia, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer, Houston, TX
Mastering Anatomy: Understanding Complex Spatial Relationships Critical to Mastery
Mastery of anatomy and pathology is achieved through repeated exploration, dissection, and inquiry into the body’s interconnected systems. Two-dimensional textbook images do not adequately show the critical and complex 3D spatial relationships that students, surgeons, and clinicians need in order to master anatomy, plan procedures, and counsel patients. Medical illustrations and gray-scale MRI and CT imaging data require significant mental agility to convert 2D representations into 3D mental images. By translating MRI and CT scans directly into 3D visualizations, BodyViz eliminates the ambiguity that results from using 2D images when trying to understand complex 3D relationships. Unlike 2D MRI and CT data, the BodyViz rendering process generates clear, interactive visualizations that make comprehending complex anatomy quick, accessible, easy, and intuitive.
Higher Education and Medical School Training: The Study of Anatomy Requires Real Anatomy
Increased enrollment in health sciences paired with limited availability of cadaver labs has made access to cadavers impractical for the many programs that require anatomy. At the same time, the need for student exposure to real anatomy is increasing. BodyViz bridges this gap in anatomy resources. By providing access to 3D visualizations rendered directly from MRI and CT scan data, BodyViz creates an unlimited, non-destructive platform for working with real anatomy. BodyViz complements existing curriculum, anatomy and pathology case studies, and problem based learning strategies (PBL). Building off BodyViz curriculum or creating individualized course material, instructors can easily tailor BodyViz to meet learning objectives in a format that is interesting and engaging. Like a cadaver lab, BodyViz enables students to peel away tissue types and explore the complex 3D spatial relationships of interconnected systems. In addition, students can:
- Repeatedly dissect the same anatomy until confident in their mastery
- Easily explore abnormal and normal pathologies side by side
- Annotate anatomical structures
- Share content with instructors and fellow students
- Change viewpoints, “fly through” systems, and explore anatomy from the inside out
- Save their progress and return to the learning objectives at any time
- Access BodyViz from anywhere at any time via BodyViz Sync software and tablets
Cadaver Lab: Optimize Learning Experiences with 3D MRI and CT scan Visualizations
Cadaver labs remain an essential component in graduate and medical school training. To optimize productivity during limited cadaver lab times, institutions seamlessly integrate BodyViz into the curriculum. Using MRI and CT scans of the cadavers, the BodyViz 3D visualizations become the anatomy atlas for the lab experience. Before lab begins, students can conduct virtual cadaver dissections within BodyViz; many students choose to repeat virtual dissections to increase confidence and decrease anxiety. Between scheduled lab times, students can access their cadaver via BodyViz. They can prep for the next set of lab objectives, revisit anatomy that needs further exploration, and compare results with fellow students. Exploring cadaver anatomy prior to lab minimizes the common feeling of literally being lost within the anatomy. Taking advantage of BodyViz’s scalability, some institutions bring BodyViz into the cadaver lab. Instead of relying on illustrations, students are guided by 3D visualizations of their cadaver. In addition, instructors use BodyViz to demonstrate dissection steps virtually. The non-destructive format of BodyViz allows instructors to repeat demonstrations and annotate structures at any time.
Anatomy instructors: Scalable access to Interactive 3D Anatomy Advances Diverse Learning Objectives
Across the education spectrum, anatomy learning occurs in labs, classroom settings, within teams, and during individual study—especially when students have unfettered access to real human anatomy. BodyViz enhances learning by giving instructors and students access to interactive 3D visualizations rendered directly from MRI and CT scans. Instructors easily integrate BodyViz software into all levels of curriculum.
- Technical training and undergraduate studies: The advantages of using BodyViz begin during undergraduate studies when students are first introduced to anatomy. The software’s flexibility allows instructors to modify and align content with the institution’s resources, student learning level, and current curriculum.
- Graduate and professional programs: In the upper-level health sciences and graduate programs, BodyViz makes high-quality case-based curriculum and problem-based learning (PBL) easy and engaging. Instructors can easily layer content to guide students through learning objectives.
- Professional training: During professional training, students expect frequent, hands-on interactions with diverse anatomy and pathology. BodyViz empowers students to practice and master learning objectives outside of cadaver lab. During lab, BodViz provides a non-destructive format to explore and verify anatomy prior to dissection. For programs without access to tissue, BodyViz becomes a mainstay for virtual, non-destructive dissection and advanced anatomy learning. In addition, students and instructors advance research and learning through collaboration using the 3D visualizations.
- Medical Practices: Extending into medical practices, BodyViz visualizations derived from specific patient data improve pre-surgical and pre-procedure planning and patient consultations.
Students: Engagement increases with easy, flexible, intuitive access to real anatomy
When a student gains exposure to real anatomy, engagement increases. For many institutions, providing access to cadaver labs and clinical experiences is challenging, expensive, and, in many cases, impossible. In addition, clinical and lab environments do not address the diverse curriculum strategies needed to master the complexity of anatomy at all levels. To be successful, students need the ability to practice and revisit concepts, and repetitive exposure to examples of real anatomy.
BodyViz transforms anatomy education from a passive experience into an engaging, interesting field of study. The anatomy software guides students from their first exposure to anatomy in undergraduate or technical training through nursing and medical school. Students intuitively interact, manipulate, explore, and dissect 3D anatomy visualizations. BodyViz anatomy software and curriculum supports introductory lesson plans as well as case-based and problem-based learning curriculum, giving instructors the flexibility to add, modify, and customize content. Education institutions scale BodyViz to meet students where they are, providing access to dynamic learning experiences in a format that advances objectives—in classrooms, libraries, auditoriums, and individual study spaces.
Preoperative Planning: MRI & CT 3D Visualizations Improve Procedure Planning
When surgical teams dedicate time in preoperative planning, uncertainty and stress decrease, patient time in the operating room is minimized, surgical team confidence increases, and safety improves. During preoperative planning, surgeons and radiologists rely on 2D MRI and CT scans. Radiologists are trained to think and interpret two-dimensional information on a computer screen or view box, while surgeons are trained and work on patients in three dimensions. In the end, the procedure plan is based on mentally translating two-dimensional images into a three-dimensional plan. Prior to the procedure, surgeons sketch out their plan and review textbook medical illustrations.
Three-dimensional visualizations rendered directly from the patient’s MRI and CT scans revolutionize this preoperative planning process. Using BodyViz anatomy software, surgeons and practitioners plan and practice the procedures using specific patient data. With cutaway and virtual dissection functionality, surgeons can explore the operation site and plan exact routes to access specific anatomical structures. Virtual trocars can be placed within the 3D visualizations, representing surgical instrument pathways.