A New Approach TO Medical Education: Developments In Anatomy

To provide uncompromising excellence in anatomy & multimedia learning resources, of global application, benefit and adoption. In doing so, to honour human body donors, incorporating the latest advances in radiology and research to advance the discipline of anatomy.


an@tomedia™ provides:

  • detailed serial dissections of real human bodies
  • coloured overlays of individual structures
  • multiple perspectives to explore anatomy and compare
  • flexibility to choose your approach, rate, sequence and depth of learning
  • interactive text, labels and clinical questions
  • new concepts in anatomy and relevant clinical applications
  • capacity to 'build' systems, 'map' regions, 'dissect' layers and 'trace' images
  • a self learning resource with a solid educational basis
  • has a simple and consistent navigation system

Who is it for?
You do not have to have any to prior knowledge of anatomy to use an@tomedia™. The interactive text, image overlays, labels and clinical questions are optional and allow you to explore anatomy at any level of difficulty. an@tomedia™ should be of great interest to anyone, however it is primarily for anatomy students in tertiary institutions worldwide. The program presents anatomy from multiple perspectives, so it is appropriate for any course, whether regional/discipline-based or systems/problem-based. an@tomedia™ could replace an entire anatomy course or it could be used in existing courses as an extra learning tool for practicals, tutorials and lectures. an@tomedia™ could be used by medical practitioners to explain anatomical issues to patients, and its layer-by-layer dissections offer an excellent alternative in countries where dissection is not performed for cultural or other reasons.

Why is its release timely?
As medical curricula around the world become increasingly busy, the time spent in dissection and tutorials is being reduced. an@tomedia™ bridges the educational gap by providing students with a detailed anatomy resource to use before, during and after their practicals. It allows them to make better use of their time, and to focus on areas of clinical significance and anatomy relevant to practical procedures. One frequent criticism of traditional (discipline-based) courses is that they don't facilitate students' problem-solving skills, while in problem-based courses the content is often lost. By presenting anatomy from multiple perspectives, an@tomedia™ thus caters to both types of course. Each module covers the equivalent of 40 hours of course contact time (20 hours of core activities such as lectures or practical classes plus 20 hours of advanced activities such as dissection) for a grand total of 360 hours across all 9 modules.

How is it distributed?
an@tomedia™ is a cross-platform product (ie. for use on both Macintosh and PC computers) available online for institutional subscriptions (eg. universities, professional colleges, hospitals and libraries).

What stage of development is it at?
an@tomedia™ represents 100,000 hours of work by the team (over a period of more than 20 years). The first seven modules (General Anatomy, Back, Thorax, Abdomen, Pelvis, Upper Limb and Lower Limb) are fully completed. Dissection and imaging perspectives from the Neck and Head modules are also now available online (their systems & regions perspectives are nearing completion and will be added soon).

What terminology standard has been used?
Terminology for this CD is based on Terminologica Anatomica (1998) produced by the Federative Committee on Anatomical Terminology (FCAT).

Can I use the images for teaching or research presentations?
Yes. Use of a limited number of images for educational presentations is permitted, provided they are acknowledged as follows:
Images Copyright Anatomedia Pty Ltd:
Images can be captured on a PC using the Alt-Print Screen (held down together) keys; this will copy the image to the clipboard. You can then paste this into a Word document. On a Macintosh, hold down the Apple (Command) Key +Shift+4 then press Spacebar; the image will be saved as a file on your hard drive.
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