CSAT Projects and Resources

iPad screenshot from CSAT's pelvic appThe 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.


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 appIN DEVELOPMENT

CSAT's most comprehensive, in-process project is a video atlas app that will spotlight the anatomic and technical considerations for all standard procedures performed during the course of a general surgical practice. Features will include step-by-step video presentations shot in the OR, 3D renderings of the procedures' associated anatomy, and supplemental videos that will cover such topics as suturing and incisions.

CSAT is also moving forward on a lung cancer app intended for physicians to use when describing aspects of lung cancer and potential treatment methods to patients. The traditional 3D interactive anatomy model that CSAT apps are known for will take the form of a malleable environment encompassing the lobes of the lung, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, lymph nodes, and major arteries and veins. The user will be able to move, resize, and place yellow spheres representing cancer throughout the space, and apply predictive analyses with a lung capacity calculator and a cancer staging calculator. The app will also include anatomical illustrations that physicians will be able to draw on, mark-up, and print or email to their patients.

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