Key anatomy visual resources on trial now

St George’s Library is pleased to offer trial access to 3 key anatomy images and video resources. 4DAnatomy, Acland’s Anatomy and Visible Body are now live, and available to students and staff.

4D Anatomy

4d anatomy image

4D Anatomy is an interactive dissection-simulation database that aims to increase understanding of the human body. By basing imagery on photography, a realistic simulation environment is created. Navigation and manipulation features enable users to tilt, rotate and digitally dissect specimens by peeling away anatomical layers. 4D Anatomy also offers quizzing features for self-assessment and evaluation.


Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

Aclands software image of a heartAcland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy is an accessible source of anatomical knowledge with simple language and realistic, 3D visuals. It may be used as an adjunct to dissection as well as for students who need to re-learn clinically relevant anatomy for their surgical rotations. It is also a good resource for students who don’t have access to dissection facilities, as the Video Atlas provides an appreciation of the real human body and a direct understanding of the mechanics of body movement.


Visible Body

Visible Body anatomy image

Visible Body provides access to two anatomy apps: Human Anatomy Atlas (interactive 3D models of the human body) and Anatomy and Physiology (chapters, 3D models, illustrations, and animations).

Both Apps require Unity Web Player 4.3+. Students will not be able to download the utility web player on the library computers, but students can use their own laptops to download the player via the university WIFI connection.

Further information on each resource and how to access them is available on our website at:

JISC releases “Roles and Responsibilities for Staff Using Images for Teaching and Research” Guide

Copyright word cloud

JISC Digital Media have released a guide on the the use of images for teaching and research.

It contains information on copyright, a process chart for users of digital images, guidance on the stages in the clearance of images for use in teaching and research, and more.

Wellcome Trust makes 100,000 images freely available

The Wellcome Trust has made over 100,000 high resolution images including manuscripts, paintings, and early photography freely available through Wellcome Images.

The images are being released under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence. This means that they can be used for commercial or personal purposes, with an acknowledgement of the original source (Wellcome Library, London). All of the images from the historical collections can be used free of charge.  You can find more info about the release of images here.

We found this gem by searching for ‘Smallpox’ in the ‘historical’ collection.  A portrait of Edward Jenner by John Raphael Smith. Could that be Blossom in the background?

L0026138 Edward Jenner. Pastel by John Raphael Smith.
Edward Jenner. Pastel by John Raphael Smith.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London

The Library webpages contains a useful list of image collections that you can use.


Open-i Project – A New Image Search Engine from NLM

open-i library logoThe National Library of Medicine have created the Open-i Project,  an image search engine that aims to provide next generation information retrieval services for biomedical articles from the full text collections such as PubMed Central. Currently in the beta stage, it is unique in its ability to index both the text and images in the articles.

Open-i lets users retrieve not only the MEDLINE citation information, but also the outcome statements in the article and the most relevant figure from it. Further, it is possible to use the figure as a query component to find other relevant images or other visually similar images. Future stages aim to provide image region-of-interest (ROI) based querying. The initial number of images is projected to be around 600,000 and will scale to millions. The extensive image analysis and indexing and deep text analysis and indexing require distributed computing.


Users can search by ‘Citation List’ or ‘Image Grid’. In Image Grid View in Open-i, users are able to limit searches by image type, there is also the interesting feature of being able to ‘Query by Image’ ;  if an image is uploaded, the engine will search the database for a close match.

Screenshot of Image view from open 1 projectExample of a search return in  Image Grid View

SpringerImages – new image resource

The Library now subscribes to the  Medical & Life Science collection from SpringerImages which includes:

Biology Image Library
Life Sciences
Medicine & Public Health

How to access:
At present, only on-site access is possible either:

Can I re-use the content?

For educational use only by University staff and students, images can be copied and used in documents, presentations etc, but please acknowledge the source. In addition, content can also be used in Moodle or the University Portal. Please note that if we cancel our subscription then any content must be removed.

Database Discovery: Primal Pictures (

What is it and how can it help me?
Primal Pictures (, produced by Primal Pictures (, provides a very detailed interactive model of the human anatomy, and features 3-D animations that illustrate function, biomechanics, and surgical procedures.  The software allows you to rotate structures, manipulate the images, and view different layers to provide a cross-sectional view of different parts of the anatomy. Clinical videos and textual descriptions by leading specialists supplement the animations and models. Interactive learning modules covering basic human anatomy focus on one or more areas of the body, from a generalist’s or specialist’s perspective. Quizzes are also included to test knowledge.

What is the coverage?
Modules cover the following topics:

3D Head & Neck with Basic Neuroanatomy
Interactive Head & Neck
Interactive Spine including a Clinical & Chiropractic Editions
Interactive Shoulder including a Sports Injuries Edition
Interactive Thorax & Abdomen
Interactive Hip
Primary Hip Arthroplasty
Interactive Pelvis & Perineum
Interactive Knee including a Surgery Edition
Primary Knee Arthroplasty
Interactive Knee including a Sports Injuries Edition
Interactive Foot & Ankle including a Sports Injuries Edition
Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
Interactive Hand including a Therapy Edition

Interactive Functional Anatomy
Anatomy Trains
Complete Human Anatomy Study Guide
Anatomy for Acupuncture

How do I access it?
Primal Pictures is available within Ovid Online. Various routes are possible:

– For on-site access direct link here
– Login to MyAthens; from the Resources tab, select Ovid Online, from the list of databases, select Primal Pictures.
– Via the Library website > Databases

It is also available to St. George’s Hospital staff via Ovid Online with your NHS Athens password

Can I re-use any of the Primal Pictures content?

For educational use only by University staff and students, images, videos, text etc can be copied and used in documents, presentations, but please acknowledge the source.

In addition, content can also be used in Moodle or the University Intranet/Portal. Please note that if we cancel our subscription to Primal Pictures then any online content must be removed.