Emerging Imaging Techniques in Anatomy: For Teaching, Research and Clinical Practice

Shavana Govender, Jessica Yvonne Cronjé, Natalie Keough, Abraham Johannes Oberholster, Albert Neels van Schoor, Edwin John de Jager, Jade Naicker

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Visualisation plays a key role in anatomy, where the depiction of gross anatomical structures is essential in understanding and conceptualising content during research and medical teaching. Technology has allowed us to utilise imaging techniques for the visualisation of anatomical features, pathology and correlating physiological functions in a non-invasive manner which is atypical to traditional forms of anatomical investigation. These imaging methods develop integration between anatomy and clinically oriented medical study as well as biomechanics. The progressive research in anatomy can benefit from the vast field of biomechanics which allows for precise and conclusive results regarding the biomechanical integrity of anatomical structures and allows for intricate planning of procedures. 3D imaging techniques have enhanced the modelling of internal structures which are especially essential when implemented as diagnostic tools. An integration of these modalities into medical training accommodates for a more clinically orientated and immediate visualisation as produced when utilising ultrasound imaging which has the added advantage of 3D modelling and manipulation. Immersive technology has revolutionised teaching and learning particularly during the new age of hybrid education. Visualisation in anatomy has many clinical and educational applications which can optimise research, create interactive learning experiences and aid medical practise.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598
ISSN (Electronic)2214-8019


  • Augmented reality
  • Biomechanics
  • Computed tomography
  • Medical education
  • Ultrasound
  • Virtual reality


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