CSAT Projects and Resources

The post-2012 projects of the Thalia and Michael Carlos and Alfred A. Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique (CSAT) are the electronic lineage of the CSAT print legacy established by former director Dr. John Skandalakis and his associates in the 1990s through the early 2000s. While CSAT's methods of dissemination have been updated to encompass the communication options of the 21st century, the center's original ethos remains unchanged: to generate tools that will teach medical students, residents, and physicians the critical role surgical anatomy plays in the operating room.


A screenshot from Anatomy of the Male Pelvis

Screenshot from Anatomy of the Male Pelvis

Surgical Anatomy of the Liver App

Surgical Anatomy of the Liver publicly initiated CSAT's new focus on electronic education, and received a 2014 Award of Excellence from the Association of Medical Illustrators shortly after its release. Intended for trainees, medical students, instructors, and anyone wanting a quick way to learn or teach liver anatomy, CSAT's first app allows users to mentally map the structure of the liver in ways that were never before possible with print illustrations or imaging studies. The liver can be rotated, sections turned on and off to understand relationships, and anatomical regions tapped to reveal labels. See the app's CSAT page for production details and download links.

Anatomy of the Male Pelvis App

Released in April 2017, Anatomy of the Male Pelvis translates the depiction of the complex organization of the region into a concise, visually engaging, easy-to-use format for teaching and training, and is available for free in Apple's iTunes store for iPad and iPhone. Visit the app's CSAT page for details and links.


CSAT's technological resources for developing tools for training and surgical planning are available to the Emory community, as is its ability to produce high-quality illustrations and imagery for use in print publications and/or 3d mediums.

CSAT has 3D printers that can create anatomical models based upon patient scans or other sources. Examples of prior printing requests include facial models for plastic surgery training and imaging phantoms of cerebral aneurysms for CT and MRI accuracy testing.

The center plans to continue expanding its media and technological arsenal for surgical anatomy education, and to make these tools available to the Emory community within certain guidelines.

To discuss projects involving biovisual work, app development, or 3D printing, Emory members should contact Andy Matlock, CSAT's medical illustrator, at 404.712.2271, andy.matlock@emory.edu.


iPad screenshot from CSAT's lung cancer app

Screenshot from Lung Cancer Preoperative Planning

Lung Cancer Preoperative Planning App

CSAT's next commercially available app will be Lung Cancer Preoperative Planning, which is intended to be used for surgical resident education and to facilitate conversation between cardiothoracic surgeons and lung cancer patients prior to surgical resection. The app is close to completion, and is in the final programming stages. The prototype version received a professional interactive media award at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators.

The app encompasses a malleable environment that includes the lobes of the lung, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, lymph nodes, and major arteries and veins, as well as a lung capacity calculator and a cancer staging calculator for conducting predictive analyses. The user will be able to add primary and secondary tumors to the 3D environment, and scale and move tumors within the lung. There are also anatomical illustrations that physicians can draw on and mark up, then print or send to their patients.

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