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STAT!Ref’s Primal Pictures resources are the most complete, detailed and accurate 3D models of the human anatomy available anywhere. is an award-winning, internet-based solution that is an evidence-based interactive online learning tool used for patient, practitioner and student education. The proof is in the numbers…

  • Used in over 20 countries
  • Available in over 600 universities and colleges
  • Used by over 500,000 students learning anatomy and by many thousands of practitioners in all specialties

Derived from real human data, provides over 5,000 3D anatomical structures, clinical slides, dissections, animations and much more. To supplement the core three-dimensional anatomy data, are clinical videos and text written by some of the world’s leading medical specialists. We’re confident will work for you too. To learn more, contact STAT!Ref to speak to a dedicated Primal Pictures Specialist today.


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Key Features:

  • STAT!Ref is the only healthcare database that can cross-search from Primal Pictures
  • 3D modeling of all structures
  • Ability to rotate the model 360 degrees and add or remove layers of anatomy
  • Link to relevant text, dissections, clinical slides, diagrams, video clips & MRI Scans
  • Patient information for the practicing clinician

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Custom Solutions

STAT!Ref subscribers now have the ability to create custom packages in order to meet specific content needs. These custom packages can focus on a variety of different fields, containing information relevant to a plethora of specialties. STAT!Ref will work with your institution to design the proper package according to size, fields of study, and desired content, to ensure your institution is receiving the resources it needs.


Blue arrow up - back to top Specialty Modules is structured into various options two of which are, Regional Anatomy and Systemic Anatomy, they include a foundation for education and practice in a variety of fields and specialties. Also available is a unique learning tool, Primal Interactive Human 3D Real-time Body. In addition to these resources, specialty modules with niche content include:

• Acupuncture
• Anatomy for Chiropractic
• Anatomy for Exercise
• Anatomy for Otolaryngology
• Anatomy for Pilates
• Anatomy for Urology
• Anatomy for Yoga
• Anatomy Trains
• Audiology
• Dental Hygiene
• Hand Therapy
• Head & Neck: Basic Neuroanatomy
• Head: Pediatric Comparisons
• Interactive Functional Anatomy
• Massage & Manual Therapies
• MSK: Lower Limb Ultrasound
• MSK: Upper Limb Ultrasound
• Pelvic Floor Disorders
• Radiology: Thorax, Trunk
• Resistance Training
• Speech Language Pathology
• Speech Language Pathology, Interactive Learning Activities
• Spine: Clinical
• Sports Injuries
• Surgery

All packages update throughout the year.


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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 access these videos or handouts:


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

3D Real Time Requirements:

Operating systems:
  • • Microsoft® Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7+
  • • MAC OSX 10.3 and up
Minimum requirements:
  • • 3D hardware accelerated graphics card. Recommended minimum graphics card is GMA X3000
  • • Directx 9.0c for Windows or Open GL 2.0 for Mac
  • • Flash 10+
  • • Processor speed - 1.5GHz with 1024MB of RAM
  • • Hard Drive - 50MB free disk space, for all platforms
  • • Screen display - 1024x768

  • • Internet Explorer 7+ (Windows)
  • • Firefox 2+ (on Windows, not on Mac)
  • • Safari (Mac)


All Anatomy:

Same Requirements as above except no 3D accelerated graphics card is needed.


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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