Researchers at the University of Utah have released three iPhone apps designed to "help scientists, students, doctors and patients study the human body, evaluate medical problems and analyze other three-dimensional images"
* ImageVis3D Mobile lets iPhone users easily display, rotate and otherwise manipulate 3-D images of medical CT and MRI scans, and a wide range of scientific images, from insects to molecules to engines. This free app is based on computer software from the university's Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute.
* AnatomyLab allows students to conduct a "virtual dissection" by providing images of a real human cadaver during 40 separate stages of dissection. Just hit the "View Cadaver" button. The software, which sells for $9.99, was designed by biology Professor-Lecturer Mark Nielsen and two University of Utah students, including his son.
* My Body, a scaled-down version of AnatomyLab, sells for $1.99 and is intended for the general public, including "anyone curious about what their body looks like," Nielsen says.
ImageVis3D Mobile will "help people visualize and manipulate large amounts of image data," particularly biomedical images, says Chris Johnson, director of the SCI Institute and a distinguished professor of computer science.
Nielsen says AnatomyLab is meant for students and teachers, but "a lot of medical professionals are buying it because they can show it to their patients on the spot and clarify injuries or problems they are discussing with them about their body."
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