Librarian reviewers from Saskatchewan Health Authority and Alberta Health Services consider the audience and purpose of the apps, as well as highlighting additional features:
Our complete grading criteria is embedded in the review.
Note: Reviewers are not healthcare professionals and don't appraise the quality of any recommendations within the app. Reviews are not meant as endorsements.
Image Source: Pocket Anatomy, Apple App Store. Retrieved on May 14, 2020 from: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pocket-anatomy/id1296168277
Fly around the human body with a swipe of your finger with Pocket Anatomy for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Search through 1000s of anatomical structures and system layers including skin, skeletal, connective tissue, muscular, circulatory, digestive, reproductive, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary and more. Users will have the entire human body in the palm of their hand.
Designed by a team of healthcare professionals, educators and interaction designers who are passionate about the intersection of healthcare and visual learning.
Learning content, clinical facts and self-assessment quizzes
General healthcare professionals
Clinical staff, medical students, healthcare professionals
Can be used by professionals or patients
Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading
This app stands out because it shows a very detailed, 3D human anatomy. It won awards (e.g. Pocket Anatomy wins a European MEDEA (Media in Education) in 2010) and is endorsed by the British Medical Association.
Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries
Organization of information
Pins have up to three sections of information, generally Anatomy, Clinical, and a third section that is dependent on the pin (Vignette, Supply, Functions, etc.).
Click on pins on the (male or female) body to read the information. Has 9 different layers (skeletal to skin).
User Account required: No
Internet connection required for use: No
Text search field: Yes - Search box available
Browsable content: Yes - By pin or system. Different layers, systems, show/hid visible pins.
Advertisements: Yes - Just the one for their paid version (anatomus.com).
Pop-up advertisements: Yes - Just the one for their paid version (anatomus.com).
In-app purchases: No
Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Requires iOS 8.0 or later. https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/pocket-anatomy/id1296168277
Last updated (as per App store listing): November/December 2019
Windows mobile (all platforms); n/a
Android tablets and smartphones. A web app version for all other android devices has been advertised in 2017 but app for androids is not available at this point.
Last updated (as per Google Play listing): n/a
iPhone 667.1 MB (iOS); iPad 670.4 MB (iOS)
Country of Origin