Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Library and Information Week 2012


As part of the series of posts about interesting non-book related resources to celebrate Think Outside the Book, today's focus is on Primal Pictures.


Primal Pictures is one of the most interesting visual databases that CSU has. Primal pictures gives clear and detailed 3D pictures of the human body that can be rotated with various layers added and removed as required. Each bodily unit is stripped bare and the user selects different layers to build up to a complete “whole”. What makes Primal Pictures even more useful is the ability to zoom in and out, take screen shots and download individualised images to your own computer to create your own visual library. Anatomical details can be labelled, bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, arteries, veins, organs, skin other parts included or excluded with one mouse click. Depending on the Primal Pictures database selected users can also additionally view slides, videos, animations and MRI scans.

There are four different Primal Pictures databases used at CSU:

  • Primal Pictures 3D Real-Time Viewer (3D human body).
This includes 11 modules, each one representing a different 3D anatomical part of the body

  • Primal Pictures Anatomy & Physiology Online. 
This consists of 19 modules containing 3D images and interactive models, narrated animations and illustrations, dissection slides, clinical case studies, a guide to the impact of ageing on that body system, pronunciation guide and quizzes

  • Primal Pictures Anatomy Plus Platinum Package: Regional.
This database goes more into the functions and biomechanics involved in human anatomy as well as surgical procedures involved. Included are individual organs, anatomical systems and body regions. Models show different layers, rotate, link to text information. Also included are clinical videos, pathology slides, MRI scans, a study guide and a test bank.

  • Primal Pictures Dentistry (3D Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry)
The Dentistry component of Primal Pictures features all the key anatomy involved in dentistry. MRI images, photographic slides, movies, animations, and specialized clinical content which includes 3D views of progressive dental conditions such as caries and gingivitis, and interactive 3D nerve views of intraoral injections.


NB. If you have previously used Primal Pictures (the full resource), you might find that the link to Primal Pictures Dentistry takes you to the full resource. You will need to clear cookies to resolve this.

See the library journal database  for more details.
Enjoy the Library and Information Week 2012 - Think Outside the Book.

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