Health Sciences

Netter Products Expand Offerings to Include Interactive Online and Mobile Technologies

Medicine’s most well known anatomy products offer students and medical professionals online and mobile tools to aid learning and review

Philadelphia, PA – July 21, 2010 â€“ Netter Products, which are based on medicine’s most well known and comprehensive collection of hand-painted anatomy illustrations by Frank Netter, M.D, have evolved into sophisticated digital tools that aid students and clinicians in learning and reviewing concepts in basic sciences and clinical medicine. The full line of Netter Products are published by Elsevier, the world’s leading publisher of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services.

“It is imperative that medical students self-direct their learning experience through interactive and innovative tools,” said Randy Charles, Managing Director, Global Clinical Reference for Elsevier. “With limited lab time, the necessity to cover a lot of information in a short amount of time, a lack of faculty and an inadequate amount of cadavers, medical school students will find significant benefits in products that offer convenience, quality and superior information.”

A New Digital Life for Netter Images
The Netter products offer a number of avenues for medical students to self-direct their learning outside of the clinical and classroom environment, including:

  • Netter’s 3D Interactive Anatomy, powered by Cyber-Anatomy, brings the human body to life like never before, and gives students and clinicians a real-time interactive model of human anatomy using advanced gaming technology. The original Netter art is digitized and modeled to simulate a realistic environment for virtual dissection and exploration of human anatomy, allowing users to rotate virtual bodies, peel apart individual structures and have precise control over their view.

    "Netter's 3D Interactive Anatomy gives the students direct control as they create and explore different anatomical views,” said Alex Derevianko, MD, MA, Medical Simulation Specialist and Instructor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School. “The Netter Atlas is always a student favorite – but now with the ability to move and rotate these structures in their 3-dimensional context, the appreciation for spatial relationships is accelerated.”
  • Netter’s iPhone apps allow students and clinicians access to the bestselling references from an iPhone or iPod touch. Netter apps include:
    o Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy
    o Netter's Anatomy Flash Cards
    o Netter’s Concise Radiologic Anatomy
    o Netter’s Musculoskeletal Flash Cards
    o Netter’s Neuroscience Flash Cards
    o Netter’s Advanced Head and Neck Flash Cards
    o Netter’s Histology Flash Cards
    o Netter’s Surgical Anatomy Review P.R.N (coming Q4 of 2010)
  • Best-selling Netter books, including The Atlas of Human Anatomy, The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations, Netter’s Clinical Anatomy, Netter’s Orthopaedic Clinical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach, and Netter’s Cardiology, are scheduled to be available on the Kindle beginning in 2011.

"Educational tools that offer interactive ways to learn- whether using high tech formats like the flash card apps or low tech formats like the coloring book- are bringing the unmatched artwork of Frank Netter to a new generation of health and medical students who thrive on engaging and interactive multimedia," said John Hansen, Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at University of Rochester Medical Center and author of several Netter products.

Continued Industry Leader in Medical Education
Even with the adoption of electronic and digital tools, students and clinicians still find paper resources valuable. Students can continue their self-directed learning with products from the Netter line including:

  • Netter’s Surgical Anatomy Review P.R.N., by Robert B. Trelease, a compact mini pocket guide for surgical rotation or residency. Vibrant, detailed artwork illuminates each structure and its clinical relevance, making it easy to visualize the anatomy that underlies the procedures and clinical conditions. Students can carry this “mini Netter” and have access “as needed.”
  • The Netter Anatomy Coloring Book, by John T. Hansen, PhD, is an interactive coloring book designed for students to trace over muscle striations, arteries and veins to gain a better understanding of the integration of individual organs in the workings of each body system.
  • With over 600 illustrations, Netter’s Clinical Anatomy by John T. Hansen, PhD, offers essential depictions of normal and pathologic anatomy and embryology, accompanied by supportive text to help students understand the clinical relevance. This book fills a void that many medical students have due to shortened curriculums, and is a great resource to use with many of the time constraints medical students face.
  • Netter’s Correlative Imaging Series, overseen by radiologist, Nancy Major, MD, will launch in late 2010 with the first volume: Musculoskeletal Anatomy. State of the art images, side-by-side illustrated plates detail the anatomy in key planes of the upper and lower limbs making this the most specialized and detailed Netter Anatomy Atlas to date. Atlases in this series for Neuroanatomy, Cardiothoracic Anatomy, and Abdominal and Pelvic Anatomy will soon follow.

More information about Dr. Frank Netter and The Netter Collection can be found at http://www.netterimages.com.

About Elsevier
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