How to Use the Google Body Browser for a Crash Course on Human Anatomy
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No longer do you need a cadaver and a scalpel— with Google's 3-D reconstruction, the Body Browser lets anyone peel back the layers of the human body. You can see the skin, muscles, bones, circulatory system, respiratory system and nervous system all at once, or view them separately.
To use Body Browser, you'll need a web browser with WebGL support. The following are a few of the web browsers that can be used:
Google's Body Browser tool comes with zoom and pan functions, similar to the ones offered by both Google Earth and Google Maps, allowing users to zoom in and out of the body and focus on specific areas. It also has a labeling system with built-in search function which can tell you exactly where the mandible, intercostal arteries and intermediate dorsal cutaneous nerve are.
Here's the view from zero visibility to half visibility of each layer.
Here's what it look like with labels, when you hide layer by layer, for a more detailed view of specific systems. You can also completely isolate each system layer.
And you can search for anything that pops into your mind with the search box. Just type in a specific term, like orbicularis oculi, superficial branch radial nerve or esophagus and the Body Browser will take you right to it.
To get a better sense on how to use the Google Body Browser, check out the video demonstration below.