3D Anatomy leverages the Unity game engine to impressive effect

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What happens when you mash up the 3D Unity game engine to a serious reference application? You get a fifteen second load time - but it's all worth it because you also get a stunningly useful multi-touch 3D real-time rendered medical model of the human body. Just feast your eyes on our screenshot examples below.

From the description in the Store:

This app’s primary use is as a learning tool but can also be used for any professional who needs the occasional reminder. Additionally, this app is ideal for physicians, educators or professionals, allowing them to visually show detailed areas to their patients or students - helping to educate or explain conditions, ailments and injuries.
★ You can rotate models to any angle and zoom in and out
★ Virtual dissection: Peel layers of muscles and reveal the anatomical structures below them.
★ 3D location quizzes to test your knowledge
★ Search the name of anatomical structure and reveal the 3D location
★ Switch on/off different anatomy systems
★ Both male and female reproductive systems are available
★ Load and Save Views (bookmaker function)
★ Information from Wikipedia and Gray's anatomy textbook
★ Great for learning anatomy and physiology
★ It also can be used as a anatomy guide or anatomy dictionary.
- Skeleton (all bones in our body)
- Ligaments (shoulder and knee ligaments only)
- Muscles (145 muscles, highly detailed muscle models)
- Circulation system (arteries, veins and heart)
- Nervous system
- Respiratory system
- Reproductive system ( both male and female)
- Urinary system
-400 3D location / position quizzes

Here's a walkthrough of the main interface and features:

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Somehow, whenever I see the 'Unity' logo, I know that what follows will be worth the wait... ; (right) the main interface explained, it's intuitive with one or two fingers as needed...

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Each bodily system can be added dynamically and in any combinations needed, to see how elements interact in terms of position. And, with any sets loaded, the body can be rotated, zoomed into, spun round and generally explored in gory detail....

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Partcular views or combinations of views can be saved for quick recollection (perhaps to refer to or to show a colleague); (right) tapping on anything brings up identification and helpful information...

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There's a built-in quiz, in terms of identifying the specifics asked for (I got this one wrong!); (right) one of the most impressive uses of the Unity graphics engine is that you can tap on something to select it and then 'fade' it or 'hide' it altogether - in other words, looking behind body elements, here effectively removing one of the heart's ventricles!

Very impressive in terms of the basic engine and possibilities. A little more polish on the buttons and general interface throughout and this would be perfect. For a medical student or professional it's certainly a must-buy on the platform. You can download a trial version or buy 3D Anatomy here in the Windows Phone Store.

Note also that the developers also do the more traditional Visual Anatomy, based on static images.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store