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3D Human Anatomy as You Have Never Seen it Before



Primal Pictures resources are the world’s most medically accurate and detailed 3D graphic rendering of human anatomy. With benchmark anatomy, physiology and clinical content, Primal Pictures is widely accepted as the best in class and used by thousands of health science educators, students and practitioners worldwide to teach, learn and practice. Settings include:

  • Education: superb digital solutions ideal for many health science and medical courses
  • Medical Practice: used by Healthcare Practitioners in almost every specialty
  • Corporate: presentations to board or colleagues
  • Students: used on a wide range of courses to enhance their knowledge of anatomy

The Primal Pictures 3D anatomy model, built using real scan data from the visible human project, has been carefully segmented to create an unparalleled level of detail and accuracy. All of the content within this program has been verified by qualified anatomists and by a team of external experts for each body area. To learn more, watch the video about Primal Pictures below and contact STAT!Ref to speak to a representative today.


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Key Features:

• STAT!Ref is the only healthcare database that can cross-search Primal Pictures resources
• Primal Pictures has 3D modeling of all structures
• Provides the ability to rotate the model 360 degrees and add or remove layers of anatomy
• Allows users to link to relevant text, dissections, clinical slides, diagrams, video clips and MRI Scans
• Provides educators at hundreds of colleges and universities around the world with effective teaching solutions in a wide range of medical courses
• Helps students in over 600 colleges and universities around the world enhance their knowledge of anatomy and physiology in a wide range of courses
• Gives healthcare practitioners around the world a patient education aid, a reference tool and an image library


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Premier Human Anatomy Package

With over 50 titles, this package covers a full range of intuitive and accurate 3D anatomy, functional anatomy, clinical and specialty titles, this is ideal for a huge range of medical and health science courses.

3D Human Anatomy Package

Combining three of Primal Pictures most popular titles: 3D Atlas of Human Anatomy, 3D Real-time Human Anatomy and 3D Human Functional Anatomy, this package caters for a range of courses, providing a detailed insight into the structure of the human body by region and system in a user-friendly and intuitive interface.

3D Human Anatomy, Functional & Physiology Package

Human Anatomy Package (3D Atlas of Human Anatomy, 3D Real-time Human Anatomy and 3D Human Functional Anatomy) with the added bonus of our 3D Human Anatomy & Physiology title will provide your institution with a greater insight with content equivalent to the major anatomy and physiology textbooks and adheres to Human Anatomy and Physiology Society guidelines.

3D Human Dentistry Package

Including three of Primal Pictures highly detailed and medically accurate titles: Dentistry, Dental Hygiene and Real-time Dentistry this package will provide you with everything you need to teach, learn and practice dentistry.

3D Sports, Therapy & Rehabilitation Package

This package includes: Functional Anatomy, Sports Injuries, Exercise, Resistance Training, Pilates, Hand Therapy, Acupuncture and Anatomy Trains, providing you with everything you need to teach, learn and practice sports and therapy anatomy.

3D Communications Disorder Package

This package includes: 3D Human Anatomy & Physiology for Audiology, 3D Human Anatomy for Speech Language Pathology, 3D Human Head and Neck Anatomy with Special Senses and Basic Neuroanatomy and the 3D Atlas of Human Anatomy Head and Neck modules. This interactive 3D atlas and clinical reference is the perfect learning and teaching resource for communication disorder educators and students.


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Custom Solutions

STAT!Ref subscribers have the ability to create custom solutions in order to meet specific content needs. STAT!Ref will work with your institution to design the proper collection according to your size, fields of study and desired content, to ensure your institution is receiving the resources it needs. If one of our comprehensive packages doesn’t already meet your needs, pick and choose from the offerings below:

• 3D Atlas of Human Anatomy
• 3D Real-time Human Anatomy
• 3D Human Anatomy & Physiology
• 3D Human Functional Anatomy
• 3D Human Anatomy & Physiology for Audiology
• 3D Human Anatomy for Chiropractic Spine
• 3D Human Anatomy for Dental Hygiene
• 3D Human Anatomy for Massage and Manual Therapies
• 3D Human Anatomy for Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
• 3D Human Anatomy for Pelvic Floor Disorders
• 3D Human Anatomy for Speech Language Pathology
• 3D Human Anatomy for Ultrasound: Lower Limb
• 3D Human Anatomy for Ultrasound: Upper Limb
• 3D Human Anatomy for Urology
• 3D Human Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry
• Anatomy for Pilates
• Anatomy Trains
• CT and MRI: Thorax, Abdomen and Pelvis
• Resistance Training

Anatomy PALMs

Primal Pictures has partnered with Med Insight LT, a leading learning technology company applying cutting-edge research in cognitive science to achieve breakthroughs in computer-based learning, to introduce Primal Pictures Anatomy PALMs. Modules of Anatomy Learning and Assessment are powered by patented technology that reinforces comprehension and understanding of essential anatomy concepts mastered by using Primal’s market-leading 3D anatomy solutions. These learning modules are based on Med Insight LT’s Perceptual and Adaptive Learning Modules™ (PALMs) which adapts to the individual learner, accelerating pattern recognition, so students and staff can quickly master both facts and interpretations of clinically-relevant material.


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Training & Resources

Need help when it comes to these complex and dynamic resources? Please call a STAT!Ref Primal Pictures Specialist to schedule a one-on-one or group webinar on a day and time that best suits your needs. In the meantime, please use these Handouts, Guides & Videos:




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Primal Pictures Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I see black boxes instead of images?
If you can access but only see a black box where and image or video should be then you are probably connecting through a proxy server. We will need to collect some information from you in order to register your proxy server with Primal Inc. Once your proxy is registered then you will be able to see all graphics. Please contact support for help with this issue.
What are the EZ Proxy settings for
EZ PROXY Config for Anatomy:
Title ATV
Internet Explorer error when opening any atv module

Error: "Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close"
Resolution(s): Enable ActiveX controls and allow cookies from Primal
Machine(s) on which the users are facing problems are locked down, and do not have permissions to install ActiveX controls or allow cookies from Primals website.

Primals site uses Apple QuickTime and Microsoft Windows Media Player Plug-in for playing movies and the site checks for it when the product is launched.

How to enable ActiveX controls for Internet Explorer/Windows XP
In Internet Explorer:

• On the Tools menu, click Internet Options
• Select the Security tab
• Make sure that the Internet content zone is selected and click Custom Level
• Set Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins to Enable
• Set Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting to Enable
• Click OK
• Close all the instence of Internet Explorer and re-open it
Click here for more help on ActiveX controls.

How do I view a Slide?
Choose a slide from the menu in the top right pane to view it in the viewing pane on the left
Use the print and save functions at the bottom of the screen to export any 3D image.
Links to any additional slides/video clips will appear as underlined text and can be opened by clicking on them - they will open up in a new window.
How do I view a Movie?
Choose a movie clip from the menu in the top right pane to view it.
Play the movie in the viewing pane on the left.
Use the print and save functions at the bottom of the screen to export the image.
How do I view Animations?
Choose an animation from the menu in the top right pane to view it.
Play the movie in the viewing pane on the left.
Rotate, label and play the 3D animations.
To export the animations as .mpg files - go to the Movies tab and find the equivalent movement as a exportable file - open and use the Save function to export.
Printing or saving images
Saving images to a hard drive:
1) Find the 3D image that you want to use.
2) Use the print and save icons for images and text.
3) If using save the image in a folder on your hard drive using a convenient title or reference. The image will save as a .png file that can be used in PowerPoint™ and Word™ etc.
Exporting video clips or animations from
1) Clips can only be saved
2) Use the save function to save the videos. Please note some animations have separate versions that can be exported for presentations (see Animations section of user guide)
Can I import images into PowerPoint?
Importing images into PowerPoint:
1) Open PowerPoint and Open your existing Presentation or select New and choose the slide for Text and Clip Art.
2) Use the icon within the slide, Double Click to Add Clipart, select Import Slide from the top bar of the dialogue box and retrieve the image you want from where you have saved it on your hard drive. The image will appear in your slide.
Can I import videos into PowerPoint?
You can link to videos from
1) Access the movie you want to link to and click the WEBLINK in the upper left corner.
2) Copy the URL information from the dialog box that appears.
3) Open your existing Presentation or select New and choose the slide for Text and Media Clip.
4) You can also login through a proxy server and capture your URL which will have the proxy server info already included in the URL. The URL takes you to the Primal website. Nothing is saved to the local server or an individuals hard drive.


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Primal Pictures System Requirements

Requirements are different for each module, these are the minimums.

3D Real Time Requirements:

Operating systems:
  • • Microsoft® Windows 7 / Windows 10
  • • MAC OSX 10.3 and up
Minimum requirements:
  • • 3D hardware accelerated graphics card. Recommended minimum graphics card is Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • • Directx 9.0 + for Windows or Open GL 2.0 for Mac
  • • Unity3D Plug-in and permission to run required in IE and Safari on MAC for 3D Real Time Web GL
  • • Minimum Screen Display - 1024x768

  • • Google Chrome
  • • Internet Explorer 11
  • • Mozilla Firefox
  • • Microsoft Edge

  • • Android Version 4+ Chrome Browser – Tablets only - (Only certain products)
  • • Google Chrome
  • • Mozilla Firefox
  • • Safari
  • • Safari - iPad (third generation onwards & only certain products)

Please Note:
For iPAD: All Real Time products require at least a 3rd generation iPAD, but iPAD Air or better is recommended. Whole body is not available.
For Android: All Real Time products run apart from Wholebody.

Will also work on Windows 8 and Vista.

All Other Anatomy Products:

  • • Latest version of Adobe Flash plug-in and permission to run except for the HTML5 User Interface
  • • Same Requirements as above except no 3D accelerated graphics card is needed
  • • Need to allow cookies
  • • Need to enable pop-ups

HTML Browsers and Tablet Recommendations
HTML 5 products

  • • Chrome - 64 Bit Version – Primal's top recommendation! (Will also work well on 32 bit)
  • • Windows Edge
  • • Fire Fox - 64 bit (Fire Fox automatically updates so the latest version is always best, will also work well on 32 bit)
  • • IE - IE 11 only (Older versions of IE will revert to show the Flash product)
  • • Safari on Mac

3D Real Time Web GL

  • • Chrome - 64 Bit Version – Primal's top recommendation! (Will also work well on 32 bit)
  • • Windows Edge
  • • Fire Fox - 64 bit (Fire Fox automatically updates so the latest version is always best, will also work well on 32 bit)
  • • Safari on Mac - Requires the Unity plugin*
  • • IE - Requires the Unity plugin*

*Please note that Unity Player provides excellent performance of the product

iPad and Tablet Devices – All HTML 5 products

  • • Accessible and Optimized HTML 5 Android Tablet Devices via Anatomy TV - Chrome 64 Bit Version - Primal's recommendation!
  • • Accessible and optimized on all iPad devices. Primal recommends Safari on iPad.

iPad and Tablet Devices - 3D Real Time

  • • Accessible on Android Tablet Devices via Google Play store – Tested on major devices
  • • Accessible on iPad devices via the iTunes store – Requires iPad 3+. Primal recommends iPad Air+


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Read what others are saying...

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" is a great tool for our dental hygiene students to study head and neck anatomy. It is especially useful for our online students who don't have the benefit of visual learning in the onsite classroom setting. Head and neck anatomy – bones, muscles, nerves, arteries, etc are tough to visualize and this tool definitely aids the visual learner. I like the layering capability to allow students to study and review selected areas and then 'put it all together' for an overall impression. Another good piece of teaching technology to place in our toolkit. Thanks!"

-- Lisa, Department Head - Dental Hygiene Program, Community College

"You will not find a comparable degree of versatility, depth, richness of content or pure good looks."

-- R. Armstrong, MD

" is a great resource during A&P I and II. Especially for visual learners, it is a great tool to be used as an additional technique to study for exams."

-- Gina, Nursing Student, Colby Sawyer College

"We've had for a while now and every time I use it I am amazed by how detailed it is. One of my favorite features is the ability in the MRI area to click on a structure and have it highlighted on the actual MRI. I also love the videos, especially the shoulder rotation one."

-- Melanie Belliveau, Library Technician, Health Information Network Calgary, Rockyview Hospital Knowledge Centre

"Really exciting- haven't had this kind of interactive fun since playing "Operation" as a kid. I could see this as useful aid in student presentations, called my co-workers in to try it out as well and everyone including sonographer, mammo tech, OB/GYN, and LPN studying to become RN loved it."

-- Diane Primavera, Catskill Regional Medical Center