Primal Pictures

3D Human Anatomy as You Have Never Seen it Before


Primal Pictures resources are the world’s most medically accurate and detailed 3D graphic renderings of human anatomy. With benchmark anatomy, physiology, and clinical content, Primal Pictures is widely accepted as the best in class and used by thousands of health science educators, students and practitioners worldwide to teach, learn and practice. Settings for their product include:, the Primal Pictures 3D anatomy model, was built from CT scans of a full human skeleton. Structures such as muscles, vessels, nerves and organs were constructed using their own MRI data and cross-sectional cadaver images. All of the content within this program has been verified by qualified anatomists and by a team of external experts for each body area.

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Product Highlights

Here are just a few of our key features:

Choose the solution set that is right for you.

Primal Pictures Medical Education Solution

Primal Pictures Dental Education Solution

Primal Pictures Nursing & Midwifery Education Solution

Primal Pictures PT & Sport Science Education Solution

Primal Pictures Speech & Language Education Solution

Primal Pictures Healthcare Solution

TDS Health subscribers have the ability to create custom solutions in order to meet specific content needs. TDS Health will work with your institution to design the proper collection according to your size, fields of study and desired content, to ensure your institution is receiving the resources it needs. If one of our comprehensive packages doesn’t already meet your needs, pick and choose from the offerings below:

Anatomy PALMs

Primal Pictures has partnered with Med Insight LT, a leading learning technology company applying cutting-edge research in cognitive science to achieve breakthroughs in computer-based learning, to introduce Primal PALMs. Modules of Anatomy Learning and Assessment are powered by patented technology that reinforces comprehension and understanding of essential anatomy concepts mastered by using Primal’s market-leading 3D anatomy solutions. These learning modules are based on Med Insight LT’s Perceptual and Adaptive Learning Modules™ (PALMs) which adapts to the individual learner, accelerating pattern recognition, so students and staff can quickly master both facts and interpretations of clinically-relevant material.

Disease & Conditions

Disease & Conditions from Primal Pictures is a single source for clear and consistent normal to disease-state anatomy content. Save time, enhance comprehension, and improve learning outcomes with a library of verified content. Educators can make conditions more relatable and identifiable by providing additional context to textbook explanations.

Disease & Conditions provides healthcare providers (HCPs) and patients with consistent anatomical images in an engaging solution:


Based on Primal’s trusted anatomy model, our in-house team of anatomists and network of experts have reviewed and verified full accuracy of each clinical content.


Using Primal’s existing content as a base maintains seamless continuity between normal and abnormal anatomy.


Promotes productive doctor-patient exchange using graphics that deliver information clearly without being shocking or scary.

End-to-End Solution

Accessible and fully searchable via, providing a complete solution via one single, easy-to-use interface.

Mixed Media Approach

Combines custom images and animations with videos bringing together normal, abnormal and clinical anatomy in detail. Each condition includes up to four videos: Condition Overview, Causes, Symptoms and Treatments.

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

3D Real Time Requirements:

Operating systems:
  • Microsoft® Windows 7 / Windows 10
  • MAC OSX 10.3 and up

Minimum requirements:
  • 3D hardware accelerated graphics card. Recommended minimum graphics card is Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Directx 9.0 + for Windows or Open GL 2.0 for Mac
  • Unity3D Plug-in and permission to run required in IE and Safari on MAC for 3D Real Time Web GL
  • Minimum Screen Display - 1024x768

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge

  • Android Version 4+ Chrome Browser – Tablets only - (Only certain products)
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari
  • Safari - iPad (third generation onwards & only certain products)

Please Note:
For iPAD: All Real Time products require at least a 3rd generation iPAD, but iPAD Air or better is recommended. Whole body is not available.
For Android: All Real Time products run apart from Whole body.
Will also work on Windows 8 and Vista.

All Other Anatomy Products:
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash plug-in and permission to run except for the HTML5 User Interface
  • Same Requirements as above except no 3D accelerated graphics card is needed
  • Need to allow cookies
  • Need to enable pop-ups

HTML Browsers and Tablet Recommendations

HTML 5 products

  • Chrome - 64 Bit Version – Primal's top recommendation! (Will also work well on 32 bit)
  • Windows Edge
  • Fire Fox - 64 bit (Fire Fox automatically updates so the latest version is always best, will also work well on 32 bit)
  • IE - IE 11 only (Older versions of IE will revert to show the Flash product)
  • Safari on Mac

3D Real Time Web GL

  • Chrome - 64 Bit Version – Primal's top recommendation! (Will also work well on 32 bit)
  • Windows Edge
  • Fire Fox - 64 bit (Fire Fox automatically updates so the latest version is always best, will also work well on 32 bit)
  • Safari on Mac - Requires the Unity plugin*
  • IE - Requires the Unity plugin*

*Please note that the Unity Player provides excellent performance of the product.

iPad and Tablet Devices – All HTML 5 products
  • Accessible and Optimized HTML 5 Android Tablet Devices via Anatomy TV - Chrome 64 Bit Version - Primal's recommendation!
  • Accessible and optimized on all iPad devices. Primal recommends Safari on iPad.

iPad and Tablet Devices - 3D Real Time
  • Accessible on Android Tablet Devices via Google Play store – Tested on major devices
  • Accessible on iPad devices via the iTunes store – Requires iPad 3+. Primal recommends iPad Air+

Additional Resources




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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.
EZ PROXY Config for Anatomy:
  • Title: ATV
  • URL:
  • Host:

Resolution: 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 instances of Internet Explorer and re-open
Click here for more help on ActiveX controls.

How you use will depend upon the Module(s) you have available to you. Most Modules have a Help & About section. Please refer to that section as well as view a video for your module if available, download a handout or refer to a user guide for the module you have questions about.
  • Click the "Save" Icon
  • Click the image and then click the "Save Image" button.
  • The image will save and download as a .png file that can be used in PowerPoint™ and Word™ etc.
Features vary by Module. Some modules like Anatomy & Physiology also include additional buttons; Save Topic Text & Save Topic PDF
  • In some modules, movies can be saved.
  • Click the save Icon.
  • Click the button you want; Save Movie, Save Topic Text, or Save Topic PDF.*
  • Once the button is clicked your item will automatically download.
*If you have additional questions please see the user guide
This feature is not supported through TDS Health at this time. A URL created in will go directly to by-passing authentication from STAT!Ref. A URL may appear to work for a time but after approximately 24 hours it will cease to work and will prompt a user for an user name and password. STAT!Ref authenticated users do not have an user name & password. To get back into the user needs to go through STAT!Ref.

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