Visible Body is a detailed, realistic 3D human anatomy learning tool. Users can access fully interactive 3D models of human body parts or the entire body. The application includes 2,400 anatomical structures, which includes all major organs. Search tools are included as well as user friendly 3D controls to alter the view of each model. Visible Body works with most common web browsers. The user can find anatomical structures by name and view them from any angle with the hide, rotate and see through options. Models can also be shifted by clicking or using a virtual joystick. Clicking on a body part reveals its name. Users can choose between male and female models. The models used by Visible Body were developed by a team that brought extensive medical illustration experience to the application.
Visible Body was created in 2007. It is a product of Argosy Publishing. The application was intended to provide an accurate, highly detailed medical resource focused on human body parts. Today, many users have turned to Visible Body as an educational resource.
Visible Body is unique for a number of reasons. It is one of the few websites that provides very details, accurate images of human body parts. The application has also included viewing options that give the user total control over how far into human anatomy they go. The user can rotate models and select to view or not view certain layers on the model. A virtual joystick is included however users can also shift models with their mouse.
The visual aspect of Visible Body is another reason many individuals use the application. The models found on the site were created by professionals with actual medical illustration experience. Each organ and body part is displayed with a high level of detail. This gives the user one of the most accurate online resources focused on the human body.
A new user can create a Visible Body account by clicking either the blue “Subscribe” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage or the bold “Subscriptions” link found closer to the center. Once the user has accessed the registration form, they are asked to provide a first and last name, email address, password as well as a security question and answer. The user is also asked to provide details about their occupation and license type. A check box above the terms of service is automatically selected to sign the user up for Visible Body updates. This can be manually unchecked if the user prefers. A second box must be selected at the bottom of the form to confirm he user’s agreement with the Visible Body terms of service.
Visible Body offers three membership options to its users. The cheapest is the individual plan which costs around $15 per month or around $120 per year and includes auto renewal. A business plan is included and costs around $30 per month or $240 per year with auto renewal. A student and teacher account is available that gives the user access for one term (five months) for around $18 or a full year (two terms) for around $36. Teachers, professors and instructors can try Visible Body for free for seven days.
Visible Body is valuable tool for anyone who deals with medical subjects. It is primarily a learning tool that would be best used in a classroom setting, however there are other practical uses for the information offered by the application.