Year of Creation
We are a Medical Animation Studio experienced in creating 3D animation videos of varying complexities. Furthermore, we specialize in developing scientifically accurate VR/AR/MR content.
Today we are reviewing an application for MS Hololens called DynamicAnatomy created by Leiden University Centre for Innovation and Leiden University Medical Centre. Here is the official website of the app https://www.mr4education.com/.
The application was designed to study the anatomy of the ankle joint. The primary users of the app are medical students, doctors, and people, who are interested in human anatomy.
Design and interface
In a nutshell, the app starts quickly (comparing to other similar apps). The interface is at a glance, so you don’t need much time to learn controls as they are very user-friendly.
The design has been kept simple and not much attractive, with many different grey rectangular buttons. Despite the interface being visually simple, there is a minor issue that needs to be fixed. We hope that it comes with some updates in the near future, like being able to grab a virtual model and rotate it with gesture and without clicking any buttons. The visual quality of the 3D model is incredible with the texture of bones being visible and overall detailing at a high level.
We were impressed with the scientific accuracy of this application. It includes a wide variety of anatomical terms in English and also Latin languages, which is extremely important for medical students. But we have some suggestions based on the scientific side, too. First of all, as this is a dynamic anatomy app, the anatomical structures (3D models of them) should change their shapes instead of overlapping with each other.
For example, if the joint moves, then the corresponding muscles should change their shape and location accordingly. Also, it would be great for learning if involved muscles could be highlighted during movement.
Another thing is that the bone structures (tubers or tuberosities, etc.) are not detailed enough and don’t have captions. It is essential in dynamic anatomy to know the points where the muscles are attached to the bones. Another feature that could be added is the ability to look through structures, like making CT sectioning.
Unfortunately, there is no sound. Love to see it with future updates.
The app could be used in medical schools to teach students human anatomy. It could also be useful for doctors to explain to their patients regarding the ankle joint.
This application is a big step forward in tools for studying. Despite missing some minor features, it is highly innovative, and we hope that future updates will fix them. Moreover, it is one of the first HoloLens applications that has been put into field use.