InteractElsevier Delivers 3-D Interactive Anatomy Learning Tools

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PHILADELPHIA, February 23, 2010

- Students, Researchers can 'Walk Through' a Body; Virtual Reality MeetsAnatomy, as Advanced Gaming Technology Brings Human Body to Life

- New, Award-Winning Tools Augment, Even Replace Medical SchoolDissections

Elsevier, the world's leading content provider of science and healthinformation, today announced the availability of the InteractElsevier( Series. Powered by CyberAnatomy, anIowa-based company that creates interactive learning systems for students,the innovative 3-D interactive anatomy series applies advanced gamingtechnology to reviewing, learning and teaching anatomy. InteractElsevier hastwo levels of offerings - Web interactive (online) and virtual reality(stereoscopic).

Developed for medical students and researchers and recently honored withthe 'Best in Class' Award ( from Interactive Media Awards (IMA), the3-D interactive anatomy tools have already been purchased by several schoolsthrough institutional subscriptions, which allow students and researchers toaccess InteractElsevier individually and at their own pace. Because plaintext and atlases cannot accurately portray how three-dimensional structuresare organized and related to each other, InteractElsevier provides muchadditional value.

"InteractElsevier's interactive 3-D anatomy gives students and facultymore time and flexibility to teach and master anatomy, which typicallyincludes hundreds of terms and structures and interrelationships between bodyfunctions. InteractElsevier is unique in its ability to strip away overlyingstructures, or make them transparent, further adding to the clarity that thistool adds to the complex structures of the body," said Jonathan Teich, M.D.,Elsevier Chief Medical Informatics Officer and an associate professor atHarvard Medical School. "The launch of InteractElsevier, along with manyother innovative learning tools, reflects Elsevier's commitment to use thelatest technologies - gaming, virtual reality, and the Web - to fosterscientific and medical learning and teaching."

Visually stimulating and the first truly interactive product of its kind,InteractElsevier can provide advanced high quality guidance and training tostudents on various educational and training levels, and can even be used bymedical professionals in need of a 'refresher.' InteractElsevier alsoaddresses several persistent problems at medical schools and the teaching ofanatomy: limited medical school time for teaching, lack of faculty and aninadequate number of cadavers. Tools available on InteractElsevier include:

Interact Elsevier's Interactive 3-D anatomy software is available in twolooks: Netter texture and computer graphic realism. Netter's 3-D interactiveanatomy is modeled from digitized paintings of Frank H. Netter, M.D., aphysician, artist and medical illustrator who created 214,000 medicalillustrations in his lifetime, 900 of which comprise Netter's Atlas of HumanAnatomy. InteractElsevier used Netter's art to form the surface of 3-D modelsand then augmented the software with more than 100 Netter plates, which arecorrelated to the 3-D models.

Elsevier's 3-D Interactive Anatomy includes models withcomputer-generated textures. Correlated within this version are more than 100plates from the 40th edition of Grays's Anatomy, which celebrated its 150thanniversary in 2008.

InteractElsevier's 3-D interactive anatomy tools feature an intuitive,flexible interface, correlated CTs and MRIs, a searchable terminologydatabase, exploratory exercises, quizzes, and real-time interactivity.Students and faculty can use the tools to create a body through the assemblyof bones, muscles, arteries and nerves and then approach regions such asupper or lower limbs, or systems such as skeletal, muscular or circulatory.By using interactive buttons, they can rotate the body or peel, hide, labeland make structures transparent.

Teachers and students can access InteractElsevier's 3-D interactiveanatomy tools in several formats, including online (web interactive) and infull stereoscopic 3-D (virtual reality). Clinicians can engage students andpeers with stereoscopic 3-D in lectures, labs or at conferences and exhibits,while faculty, students and clinicians can conduct personal, self-directedexplorations on anatomy via the Web.

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About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical andmedical information products and services. The company works in partnershipwith the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000journals, including The Lancet ( and Cell(, and close to 20,000 book titles, including majorreference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions includeScienceDirect (, Scopus (,Reaxys (, MD Consult ( andNursing Consult (, which enhance theproductivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite( and MEDai's Pinpoint Review (,which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes morecost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier( employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is partof Reed Elsevier Group PLC (, a world-leadingpublisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed ElsevierPLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam),REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).- Imaging - correlated imaging to interactive 3D models - Anatomy Builder - construct the body by region and by body system - Virtual Dissection - remove structures to understand complex relationships - Labeling - fully interactive, dynamic labels for structures - Netter Plates - compare the best loved Atlas to your 3D structure - Layers/Peeling - features like transparency, peel and hide enable understanding of spatial relationships

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