Antoine Micheau, MD , Denis Hoa, MD
Monday 09 December 2019
We have created an anatomical atlas of the upper limb which is an interactive tool for studying the conventional anatomy of the shoulder, arm, forearm, wrist and hand based on an axial magnetic resonance of the entire upper limb. Anatomical structures and particular regions are visible as dynamic labelled images.
An MRI was performed on a healthy subject with a spin-echo T1 weighted acquisition.
Data and DICOM images (archived on a PACS (Picture Archiving and Communicating System)) were processed and exported as JPEG images. Adobe Flash and Adobe Photoshop allowed us to develop an atlas-based application with suitable functionality and user interface for exploration of the skeleton anatomy.
Anatomical structures are labelled using the actual Terminologia Anatomica.
This module is a comprehensive and affordable learning tool for medical students and residents and especially for rheumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons and radiologists.
It provides access to an atlas and to images in the axial planes, allowing the user to learn and review orthopaedic anatomy interactively. Images are labelled, providing an invaluable teaching resource. The test mode allows comprehensive evaluation of user progress.
The horizontal menu gives access to groups of anatomical structures that can be chosen by the user:
As the cursor is moved over a particular compartment of the arm or forearm, that compartment is highlighted and labelled: anterior, lateral or posterior compartment.
The vertical left menu provides a medical illustration of an upper limb skeleton based on a three dimensional (3D) model that simplifies the access to the anatomical regions.