Learning Anatomical Directional Terms

Since my artistic interest and skills started developing in my early to mid grade school years, I have always been interested in animation, specifically 3D and the sciences. These interests most likely developed from a couple generations of artists in my mothers family and my father who has a doctorate in toxicology. Watching TV shows and documentaries about scientific subjects and the visualization methods for delivering the information to the audience always fascinated me. Early 3D animated movies and movies with 3D special effects brought the unimaginable to life (although I really don’t think one can discredit the reality and skill involved with stop-motion animation).

I find myself incredibly lucky to be able to express these interests and develop my skills in doing so working at DDA. Day after day, we encounter a whole gamut of original concepts with their own challenges for visualizing information for which we prepare highly competitive proposals and eventually go into development.

In reviewing all these scientific subjects for various projects, I am continuously learning. The latest lesson I am taking is that of anatomical directional terms. In 3D animation, one becomes accustomed to working in space and the multiple views to help assist in 3D modeling development. There’s your obvious right, left, front, back, top and bottom, but also importantly perspective and isometric. Now, put a human model in the space, and a whole new set of terms are needed.

Many of our projects at DDA Medical are healthcare IT related, consisting of medical CMEs, medical simulations, 3D medical animations, medical product videos, and the like. So in many cases, we need 3D renderings or illustrations of the human anatomy. This is where directional terminology gets specific! Most of them come in sets, one direction and its opposite. Here’s a brief selection of terms; Proximal and Distal, Superior and Inferior, Anterior and Posterior, Medial and Lateral.

When discussing anatomy visualization, it is important to use these directional terms and until I have them completely memorized, I’ll keep getting college final days flash backs as I glance quickly at my cheat sheets. So if you’re looking for incredibly accurate medical visualization and a talented group who can’t wait to take up a new challenge, well, you’re in the right place. With all or our other services and expertise, you won’t need to look any further.