Developer 3D4Medical recently overhauled its Heart Pro app for iPad. The new app, Heart Pro III (iPad only) offers seemingly endless ways to study the anatomy of this all-important organ. The revamped version of Heart Pro III now offers a shiny new GUI and quiz format, as well as graphical hints, an enhanced pins. Users may now also use new graphical hints, a pen tool, and sound clips.
Heart Pro III allows the user to see the a photorealistic 3D depiction of the human heart from nearly every angle, and access important notes about cardio-physiology through simple gesture controls. The app makes it easy to zoom, swipe, and even cut through the digital tissue to see the heart as most never have before. These views are layered which allows the user to choose to focus on veins, arteries, and tissue, or conduction nerves.
Most 3D4Medical apps use pins to mark important features. Heart Pro III improves pins by adding media (generally textbook-like views of the feature) and public notes for the pin.
The public notes section allows anyone with an account to share notes with other users. Users can also add their own private notes to a pin, as well as adding new pins. To turn off individual pins, or all pins, just visit the app’s settings.
Heart Pro III now includes animations. Choose the video for “posterior beating heart” and the digital heart images beats right before your eyes. These videos integrate seamlessly into the app, so the user can see a video of an ischemic stroke (for example) without ever leaving the app. Most of the videos feature the anterior view of the heart, and though one needs to buy the premium subscription to unlock all of the videos, there were some number included with the base price.
Heart Pro III is a bit pricey for the layperson at $17.99 (plus an additional$19.99 to unlock the premium videos). It is, however, an app that medical students, physicians, and those in the allied health professions will want to add to their arsenal.