INTRODUCTION AND AIMS:
Anatomical Atlases are an integral part of basic health sciences
education. Recently, there has been an increased importance of
sectional anatomy atlases due to the advancements of tomographic and to
the difficulties to relate topographic anatomy to the tridimensional
anatomy. Computer-based atlases have been increasingly useful for this
purpose. Delivery via
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The system is composed by frame-based home pages, compatible with HTML 3.0 standard, for Java-enabled browsers. Each page is subdivided into areas : menu frame, including navigation to the previous/next slice, and point-and-click slice selection; image tools as the Java applet control of brightness and contrast, local zoom control, and switch between labelled and non-labelled slices; finally, an image display frame, and the text frame. Another properties include hyperlinks to related URLs, email links to the authors, users annotations on text via applets, and on-line quizzes to improve the skill of the visitor.
RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:
The implemented functions add full interactive, CD-ROM like
functionality to an on-line atlas, with all the advantages provided by
Internet (constant updating and maintenance). Additional funcionality
includes facilities for self-study, providing an adequate tool to
support autonomous learning of sectional anatomy. The interface is
user-friendly, requiring no training.
Some predicted disadvantages are due to the speed of image downloading, and to the Internet-Java programming itself, which cuts bandwidth by removing server-side processing. Our future goals include the support for study of correlative anatomy using CT and MRI images, provided by the Visible Human Project.
Keywords: Training, medical education, anatomy, image processing, knowledge acquisition, WWW, internet, Java programming
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