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How 3D Anatomy Software Benefits Your Students

Learn more on why institutions are adopting innovative technology like BodyViz

August 13, 2018

It’s no secret that 3D technology is becoming increasingly popular throughout a number of industries. Whether it’s a teenager using an AR/VR headset on their gaming console, or a surgeon utilizing 3D visualizations for preoperative planning, 3D technology has become an advanced part of industries, far quicker than predicted. BodyViz’s interactive anatomy software provides a number of options to deliver on an institutions vision for innovative learning.

Today’s generation of students are continuously exposed to innovative technology, hence why they are frequently referred to as “Digital Natives.” These are children and young adults that haven’t experienced a world without technology, as it has always been provided for them. Digital natives show great aptitude for modern technology and prefer using technology compared to the “old school” methods, but does 3D anatomy software really enhance students’ education?

A study performed by a team at the Oregon Health and Science University, led by Dr. Daren Nicholson, found that students with access to 3D anatomy software scored 18% higher in a post-module test compared to the control group that used traditional teaching methods. In line with Dr. Nicholson’s study, James Kulik’s research on computer-based instruction shows that students in health-related courses obtained a greater increase in test results when accompanied with computer-based learning, compared to the average among all other academic courses.

In another study titled Using 3D Modeling Techniques to Enhance Teaching of Difficult Anatomical Concepts, performed by Dr. Sonia Pujol in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains that significant data where the interaction with 3D models led to a better understanding of the shape and spatial relationships among structures, and helped illustrate anatomical variations from one body to another. (Pujol, 2016) One student that participated in the study reported the following…

As anatomy curriculum goals grow denser and resources surrounding cadaver-based dissections decrease, a change in the way anatomy is being taught is inevitable. BodyViz provides your students unlimited access to a library full of interactive anatomy visualizations rendered from real patient data, turning any teaching environment or collaborative study space into a digital anatomy lab. Our solutions flex to any teaching environment and scale to any pedagogical approach and can do so in a very cost-effective manner. If you can provide your students with a more engaging resource, unlimited access to real anatomy, and alleviate your institution from resource pressures, all while generating a better performance from your students - what’s holding you back?

Get started today: schedule a demo of BodyViz’s interactive anatomy software and follow the links below for more insights regarding our solutions.

Helpful Links:

Video: One-Minute BodyViz Introduction

Article: Furman University Showcases New Program with a BodyViz Virtual Cadaver Lab

Article: Virtual Dissection 101

Case Study: Students at Providence Christian College Perform Virtual Dissections using Real Human Anatomy


Pujol, S. (2016, February). Using 3D Modeling Techniques to Enhance Teaching of Difficult Anatomical Concepts. Retrieved From:

Nicholson, D. (2006, October). Can Virtual Reality Improve Anatomy Education? A Randomised Controlled Study of a Compute-Generated Three-Dimensional Anatomical Ear Model. Retrieved From:

Schacter, J. The Impact of Education Technology on Student Achievement, What the Most Current Research has to Say. Retrieved From:

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