An overview of the site

The Thieme Teaching Assistant is a new presentation tool featuring all 2000+ stunning illustrations and clinical images from the new Gilroy et al. single-volume Atlas of Anatomy, Second Edition.

This cutting-edge online platform provides you with all the assistance you need to enhance students' learning experience by incorporating dynamic visuals into your lectures and course materials to present complex concepts with unprecedented clarity.

The Thieme Teaching Assistant: Anatomy allows you to:

  • Export your edited images as image files or pre-embedded in PowerPoint slides or PDF files.
  • Locate specific images using the search function.
  • Turn individual labels and leader lines "on" or "off" to prepare student study guides, handouts, tests and other materials for an individual image or a series of images.
  • Use the Teaching Assistant live in the classroom to zoom images with an amazing level of clarity.
Getting Started
Registering your acount and meeting system requirements.

All visitors to the site are welcome to browse the Atlas structure and to use the free demo. Full access to content and functionalities, however, is restricted to authorized users.

If you are an authorized individual or institutional user, visit the registration page to set up your account or use the login boxes at the top of the page to login.

While you may find that the Thieme Teaching Assistant works with some older systems, we recommend the following as minimum requirements for using all the capabilities of the site:

  • Windows XP or Vista
  • A display capable of displaying millions of colors at least a 1024 x 768 resolution.
  • Silverlight browser plugin installed*
  • Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher
  • A display capable of displaying millions of colors at least a 1024 x 768 resolution.
  • Silverlight browser plugin installed*
* installation of the free Silverlight plugin is required for the advanced display and editing features of the site. You may install it now or wait to be prompted to do so when you attempt to access a full-sized image on the site.


Browsing and Searching the Atlas
Looking around and finding the images you want.

The anatomy content structure of the Thieme Teaching Assistant is patterned after the advanced pedagogical structure of the Thieme Atlas of Anatomy.

To begin browsing the content at the major unit level, click on the Atlas link in the menu. On the Atlas page you will find the anatomy units with the chapters in each unit listed and linked next to the unit icon. Lower levels structures act similarly. Full-sized images will eventually be available as you work your way through the categorization structure.

The search function, available by using the search box at the top of the page, is another way to find the image you want. Figure number, captions, labels, and other text are all searchable.

By default, the search results show images that match your search terms. At the top of the results there will also be a link to matches found in the Table of Contents, if any, that may help you to find whole categories of images in which you may be interested.

The Image Editor
View, edit, save, and export your images. All online!

The Image Editor is where all of your modifications to images take place. In the editor you can turn off leaders lines and labels individually or globally, zoom in on the image, move the image around in the editor window, and save your edited image to your "My Account" folders.

Authorized users of the site will automatically be taken to the Image Editor when clicking on a image thumbnail (one with a Figure or Table number) while browsing the category structure of the Atlas.

Users who do not have an account for the Thieme Teaching Assistant can preview most of the functionality of the Image Editor in the free Demo.

Use of the Image Editor requires the installation of the free Silverlight browser plugin, which you will be prompted to install if you haven't done so previously.

More information on the Image Editor is available in an annotated screenshot in the Quick Tips section or by clicking the image to the left.

Saving and Exporting Images
Getting your images out of the site and into the classrom.



After you've found the image you want and edited it, use the Save box in the Image Editor to save your image as edited. Your image will be saved to your My Account section, which is accessible by clicking on either the My Account menu item or the Manage Images link in the title area of the Save box.

In the Image Management area, you can organize your images into folders, export your collected images pre-embedded in PowerPoint or PDF files, and access JPEG versions of your image files. Additionally, you can move selected images between folders, remove image from your collections, and remove folders (only if they're empty) when they are no longer needed.

More information on the Image Management is available in an annotated screenshot in the Quick Tips section or by clicking the image to the left.


Atlas of Anatomy
Information on the single-volume print Atlas on which this site is based.

Atlas of Anatomy, Second Edition contains everything you need to successfully tackle the daunting challenges of anatomy.

Complete with exquisite, full-color illustrations by award-winning artists Markus Voll and Karl Wesker, the atlas is organized to lead you step-by-step through each region of the body. Each region opens with the foundational skeletal framework. The subsequent chapters build upon this foundation, adding the muscles, then organs, then vessels, then nerves, and finally presenting topographic anatomy for a comprehensive view. Each unit closes with surface anatomy accompanied by questions that ask the reader to apply knowledge learned for the real-life physical examination of patients.

This atlas provides everything you need in just the right format, making the mastery of human anatomy eminently achievable.

More information on the print Atlas...