The Brain Pro - Mac edition (Nova Series) has been designed specifically for the Mac. It is a must have app for anyone studying anatomy and is aimed at students with a basic to advanced level of anatomical medical knowledge as well as medical professionals. In this Nova Series the user can manipulate the Brain on screen by rotating it laterally or vertically. The app also allows sectioned views which can be accessed by cutting the brain open with a swipe and the ability to add custom labels. The user can also change the transparency of various elements of the Brain to give phantom views which aid in identifying exact positioning. Colored schematics and an interactive quiz to test your knowledge of the Brain are also available.

The Brain can be rotated by dragging the cursor across the screen or spun with a swipe. The user can also zoom in or out by 'double clicking' on the mouse. Rather than just the standard anatomical views, you can now observe the location of a Brain component from different angles.

The standard anatomical views are also offered as reference points. Each view can be labelled and each label has a description.

By pressing the index button the user is offered an index of the pins available. If a pin name is selected the app will take the user to that pin and label it.

Transverse, Coronal and Sagittal cross sections are also available again with full labeling.

The Brain model is comprised of eight different layers, from the Dura Mater down to the Thalamus. By pressing and holding on the Systems icon the user is offered an options window where the opacity of each layer can be controlled. This can offer the user different comparative or phantom views, for example - the position of the Ventricles within the Cerebrum.

The reference app can be further customized by using the settings button to turn on and off individual pins. This feature is as a direct result of user feedback.

The user can test their knowledge against this interactive quiz. This is a dynamic quiz in that there are not a set list of questions but rather the app randomly selects labelled areas within the app and automatically produces a multi-choice question based around that label.

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

jbear939 ,

Could be better

Limited functionality and interactivity cripple this app. They've managed to cram a wealth of facts and structures into it, but the controls are limited and really makes it a really pretty piece of crap. Any amateur neuroanatomist knows that it's essential to be able to recognize structures from all directions, but Brain Pro fails to deliver. For example, when you click on a pinned structure, you are granted only one view. I clicked on the head of the caudate which gave me a anterior view of a coronal section (fair) but when I attempted to navigate and view the structure from the superior end the pin disappeared. Seems like a fairly easy fix.

The pin mode should also update in real time; when I am rotating the brain it's somewhat irritating to have to toggle pin mode on again after rotating a few degrees.

Quiz mode is pretty good, but it would be nice if you didn't have to turn off all the pins you didn't want to get quizzed on.

Also, it would help to distinguish areas by color, as a pin pointing to a structure that could be as large as a gyrus or as small as a nucleus is hardly a definitive way of recognizing something in its entirety.

MTHuber ,

The opposite of what I wanted

I’m a med student who was looking for a good 3D resource for our neuroscience course. Essential Anatomy doesn’t give you much more than the basics for the brain, so I was hoping BrainPro would be good. Big mistake. It’s horribly difficult to navigate, doesn’t have a moving cross-section feature (that I can find, at least), and it’s all in a window that’s the size of an iphone. Essential Anatomy is fantastic, and I was hoping that this would be EA for the brain, but I’d be better off Google Imaging “Brain”

EDIT: About a month after I wrote my first review, I tried the app again. Maybe it would be more helpful this time? Absolutely not. I can’t emphasize enough how user unfriendly it is. You can’t see any views except the standard ones (superior, inferior, and the side views), and THEY DON’T HAVE ANY ADVANCED STRUCTURES. Want to see the parietal lobe? Great. Want to see where the globose nucleus is? Too bad.

DeepBlueBoston ,

Good data, navigation could be greatly improved

The data and the accuracy, resolution and rendering of the layers are great. One of the best I could find.
It could be nice if i could really navigate inside the 3D model at any angle, instead of jumping between fixed views.
Also, I would like to see the pins anchored to the anatomy as I rotate the image, instead of disappearing.
It would be great to see the necessary improvements (right now seems just a basic porting from the iPad to the Mac).
Keep up with the good work.

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