With more than 200 bones and over 600 muscles in the human body, Pocket Anatomy, is a physical therapist’s app du jour. The mobile app for iPhone and iPad features 3D images of human anatomy and physiology to help you work efficiently. When is it useful, and how does it work?
When Is Pocket Anatomy Useful?
The app is a handy tool for physical therapists and other health-care professionals. It can be used in many situations, including:
- Educating students and staff
- As a reference when evaluating patients
- As a visual aid during patient education
How to Use Pocket Anatomy
When you open the app, you are presented with a human model, full-body diagram of muscle layer 1. You can choose from the following options:
Gender - Change the model gender to view male or female anatomy.
Views - Switch from the default, full-body view to cranial view, plantar view, or a view of the reproductive system.
Body System - Select a specific body system, including:
Layers - Slide up to access the skin layer, or slide down to access six different muscle layers, a joints and ligaments layer, or a skeletal layer.
Pins – Colored pins are used on the body model to represent the anatomical parts of the body. When you tap on a pin, an information tab will open. Select the Anatomy, Supply, or Clinical information tab for a written description, or select Videos. Pin colors and the correspondinganatomy are listed below.
- Blue – veins
- Bright green – nerves
- Gray – bones
- Green – lymph
- Orange – muscles
- Pink – ligaments
- Purple – organs
- Red – arteries
- Teal blue – joints
Create an Account and Expand the Function
After you download Pocket Anatomy, you can create an account in the app. If you do, it will increase the functionality of the app, allowing you to quickly access and highlight specific areas of anatomy for training, patient visits, or team meetings. An account will allow you to add the following features:
- Drawings (iPad only)
- Words to the existing library
We’ve only highlighted several features of the Pocket Anatomy app, but they show why many physical therapists use it daily when evaluating and treating patients. Visit the App Store to learn more about the app and to download it.
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