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Peer Review

The Whole Brain Atlas



Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 29, 2012 by Technical Allied Health
Overview: This web-based brain atlas is a quite a database of normal brain anatomy as seen with MRI, CT, and PET imaging, as compared to a number of different disorders, complete with multiple case studies.
Learning Goals: The learner will be able to evaluate the different anatomic structures of the normal brain using MRI, CT, and PET. The learner will be able to tell the difference between normal anatomy and abnormal anatomy, as seen in the several case studies and different disease categories. The goal is show visual representations of both normal and problematic brain conditions.
Target Student Population: Any health care professional student; particularly helpful to those who are studying or need visual queuing for comparative neurological anatomy and physiology.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: medical terminology, anatomy & physiology would both be helpful.
Type of Material: Open Textbook
Recommended Uses: Individual, out of class
Technical Requirements: There is a JAVA version accessible via link on the homepage.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Intriguing visual representations. The use of actual brain scans and radiological records is a bonus. The use of hyperlinks to return to the home page is quite helpful.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Students will be able to see different types of injuries and how the brain is affected with time to compare and contrast those differences.
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site was very easy to use. An excellent use of hyperlinks, as well as a well devised help page. The "KJ link" hyperlink also allows for multiple types of specified informational searching.
Concerns: None