From Classroom to Cadaver Lab, Pocket Body for iPad Offers new Anatomical Study Tool

Pocket Body (Musculoskeletal) by Pocket Anatomy is a digital anatomical reference tool designed for iOS. This universal app gives medical, nursing, allied health, or students in any other field requiring training in human gross anatomy, an interactive way to learn the musculoskeletal system.

Pocket Body divides the human body into layers, then allows the user to peel back the display body’s digital skin to reveal muscles, joints and ligaments, and the skeleton. The user can view the body from the right, left, anterior or posterior, so there is no muscle or bone a student needs to learn that Pocket Body doesn’t display. Users can tap between layers to change the display from muscles to bone, or use the slider for even more precision.

All of the important anatomical points are already marked with a pin. Tapping the pin brings up a label. Tapping the information icon next to the name opens key points about the anatomical structure including function and nerve and blood supply information (where applicable). Users may add their own pins, add notes to pre-existing pins, or hide the pins.

Pocket Body also includes a quiz feature that includes three different modes: locate pins, multiple choice, and flash cards. Each quiz can be customized or restricted depending on the region of the body that the student is studying.

Applications such as Pocket Body advance the introduction of iOS technology to medical education. Thanks to the iMedEd initiative at the UCIrvine School of Medicine, not only are med students receiving iPads as part of their medical education, but one of the first places the university instituted its plan to teach a completely digital curriculum was in the anatomy lab, where an app such as Pocket Body would be an asset to students and instructors alike.

The application is more than just a learning and study aid, since it can easily be consulted as a reference once the student is a practitioner, which makes the price of $29.99 a good value. Unlike a bulky textbook, which would probably retail for twice as much, Pocket Body can travel with the clinician on her iPad or iPhone. The pictures are clear and easy-to-read, so it might even allow a practitioner to explain the complex world of anatomy to her patients.

To learn more about Pocket Body read Anatomy Education in the Digital Age, a white paper written by the app’s developers.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite