Transition from film to electronic media in the first-year medical school gross anatomy lab

R. D. Ernst, P. Sarai, T. Nishino, T. Collins, A. Oto, A. Hernandez, E. M. Walser, G. Chaljub

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For the benefit of the first-year gross anatomy students, we digitized and published on a Web site images that had been collected over a 30-year period. We provided a CD-ROM (compact disk, read-only media) containing the image set in higher quality format to students and faculty. We supplemented basic images with hot topics such as CT angiography, virtual colonography, computer-aided diagnosis, and 3D post-processing. Full motion video and moving JPEG (Joint Photo Expert Group) animations were integrated into the atlas. On the post course questionnaire medical students reported that the images on CD-ROM were helpful during the course and for review prior to examinations. Faculty and medical students used the CD-ROM for problem-based learning sections and facilitator training. The images were clear and easily projected during review sessions and were useful for the small group sessions, where they served as examples of normal anatomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-340
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Digital Imaging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003


  • CD-ROM
  • Internet-based
  • Re-engineering
  • Teaching file

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Science Applications


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