Below is a list of Web based databases containing anatomically detailed, three-dimensional images. These databases are developed for educational purposes and are designed to teach anatomy to medical, nursing, and health sciences students.
The Visible Human Project
Developed by the National Library of Medicine, this web site provides access to complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of normal male and female human body. Acquisition of transverse CT, MR and cryosection images of representative male and female cadavers has been completed. The male was sectioned at one-millimeter intervals, the female at one-third of a millimeter interval.
This database contains 3D rendered images of anatomic objects created from the Visible Human cryosections. Cryosections are associated with anatomical terminology.
Functional Atlas of the Visible Human
Developed under contract to NLM by the University of Colorado, this Website is a model for educational applications based on the Visible Human Project data sets. The site consists of six functional anatomy-teaching modules (Mastication, Deglutition, Phonation, Occular Motion, Facial Expression, and Hearing). Basic anatomy in these functional modules is further enhanced by the addition of clinical and surgical information. The site is extensible and is updated on an annual basis.
MedPix Medical Image Database
An integrated database of textual information and images, intended for health practitioners and students. Material is organized by disease category, disease location (organ system), and by patient profiles. The site also includes a collection of radiology cases, and features a "Case of the Week." Free registration required.
Lumen Gross Anatomy Dissector
The LUMEN Dissector is intended solely for educational purposes; it incorporates multimedia into the principal learning environment of the student - the laboratory dissection.
Medievalist scholar Loren C. MacKinney who spent much of his academic career at the University of North Carolina was renowned for his impressive slide collection which documented key moments in the history of medical illustration. With funding from UNC alumnus Howard Holsenbeck, the University Libraries were able to digitize over 1,000 of these unique materials.
Hundreds of images from the thirteenth through the early twentieth century, in the fields of astronomy, chemistry, geology, mathematics, medicine, and physics, as represented by manuscript illuminations, engravings, lithographs, and photographs.