An interactive 3D framework for anatomical education

  • Pere-Pau Vázquez
  • Timo Götzelmann
  • Knut Hartmann
  • Andreas Nürnberger
Original Article



This paper presents a 3D framework for Anatomy teaching. We are mainly concerned with the proper understanding of human anatomical 3D structures.

Materials and methods

The main idea of our approach is taking an electronic book such as Henry Gray’s Anatomy of the human body, and a set of 3D models properly labeled, and constructing the correct linking that allows users to perform mutual searches between both media.


We implemented a system where learners can interactively explore textual descriptions and 3D visualizations.


Our approach allows easily performing two search tasks: first, the user may select a text region and get a view showing the objects that contain the selected structures, and second, using the interactive exploration of a 3D model the user may automatically search for the textual description of the structures visible in the current view.


Computer-assisted instruction (LB 1028.5) Medical educational materials (W 18.2) Computer graphics (T 385) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pere-Pau Vázquez
    • 1
  • Timo Götzelmann
    • 2
  • Knut Hartmann
    • 3
  • Andreas Nürnberger
    • 4
  1. 1.Modeling, Visualization and Graphics Interaction GroupUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Graphics and Interactive Systems GroupUniversity of MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany
  3. 3.Graphics and Interactive Systems GroupUniversity of Applied SciencesFlenshburgGermany
  4. 4.Information Retrieval GroupUniversity of MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

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