THE SLICE OF BRAIN I VIDEODISC
inventory is depleted and the disc is no longer available]
As a spin-off
disc from the SLICE OF LIFE project, SLICE OF BRAIN I is a two-sided videodisc
encyclopedia of 20,799 stills and 151 motion sequences assembled as a
resource for neuroscience education. The creation of this disc is the
result of a collaboration between departments and faculty at the University
of Utah and the University of Washington. It is intended for the professional,
biomedical, undergraduate and graduate neuroscience communities.
IMAGES and 151 MOTION SEQUENCES
ON SOB I?
INDEX TO SOB I
SAMPLER FOR SOB I
PRODUCT: Slice of Life VII
IMAGES and 151 MOTION SEQUENCES IN A VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA:
BRAIN I is a visual encyclopedia, containing more than 20,799 still images
and 151 motion sequences related to neuroscience education.
draws on a wealth of images contributed by 35 institutions and one professional
society. There are a total of 119 individual contributors for SLICE OF
BRAIN I. You may wish to review our complete list of
frames contain a variety of image types, including: Motion Video Segments,
Histology, Gross Specimens, Microscopic, Models, People and Patients,
Text, X-Rays, Angiograms, CTs, and MRIs, to name a few. Below are listed
some of the specific descriptions used to index and identify each image
on the disc:
or model, labeled
or patient, labeled
magnetic resonance imaging
& T2 weighted MRI
orientation: ascending colon
orientation: stomach antrum
orientation: bulb of duodenum
orientation: cardia of stomach
orientation: descending colon
orientation: lower esophagus
orientation: middle esophagus
orientation: sigmoid colon
orientation: transverse colon
orientation: upper esophagus
BRAIN I is a generic (multipurpose) videodisc that can be integrated into
a host of instructional designs, computer software tutorials, self-tests,
learning environments, hardware configurations, and problem-based curricula.
It supplies the video images and is intentionally created to be "re-purposed"
by other schools and institutions in order to match their local needs
and teaching goals. Whether driven by a hand controller, a barcode reader,
or a computer, this videodisc is a powerful vehicle for independent and
Do not confuse
the SLICE OF BRAIN I laser videodisc with CD-ROM or DVD-Video and DVD-ROM
technologies. SOB I is a traditional 12-inch videodisc whose images can
be seen by connecting the output of the laserdisc player to a television
monitor. It offers instant random access to any of its 54,000 frames.
These frames are not stored as individual picture files as you would find
with a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. The advantages of the laserdisc medium are its
stability, quality, fast image retrieval, and density of information on
a single disc.
and audio outputs of the videodisc player are normally connected to a
regular NTSC video or television monitor for viewing. If computer training
or tutorials are involved, this means you will have a "two screen" setup
with the computer-based materials displayed on a computer monitor and
the videodisc images seen on a TV set.
grade videodisc players have an RS-232 port which allows their playback
to be controlled through software when connected by a serial cable to
a computer. (Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find these special
serial cables from commercial suppliers any more.) Many users channel
the output of the videodisc signal through an analog to-digital image
capture card, thus allowing the disc images to be viewed through the computer
monitor (ofetn referred to as a "single-screen solution").
laser videodisc players are hard to find these days. Some
fans of Slice of Life report that eBay
has been a good source for used or like-new videodisc players. Pioneer
still sells industrial grade players, usually through Prosumer AV dealers.
Consult the Pioneer
Electronics website for more information about videodisc players.
In Salt Lake City, a vendor still offering videodisc players is:
2150 South State
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115 USA
If you need
to find a remote hand-controller, we've found various models on this web-based
available. Please refer to our section of information on Slice of Life
and Slice of Brain in digital format for further explanations.
ON SOB I?
the disc's contents has been collected from five previously published
OF LIFE VI (University of Utah),
DIGITAL ANATOMIST: HUMAN BRAIN ANIMATIONS (University of Washington),
MOVEMENT DISORDERS AND NEUROLOGIC SIGNS (The University of Ottawa),
OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM: MOTOR (University of Washington), and
TO TOE: A Health Assessment Videodisc (University of Utah).
the SLICE OF BRAIN I contains 8,832 previously unpublished images in
neuropathology and neuroradiology, 700 gross anatomy dissections (monoscopic
and stereoscopic versions) from the DAVID
L. BASSETT ATLAS OF HUMAN ANATOMY (Central Nervous System, Head
and Neck, and The Back), 68 gross and electron microscopic views of
cochlear anatomy, and 165 serial sections of a rhesus monkey brain.
Approximately 7 minutes of reconstructed digital brain animations demonstrate
the interrelationships of major brain structures as they rotate. The
numerous "patient sequences" demonstrate dynamic pathologic terms such
as ataxia, hyperreflexia, and hemiplegia. Physical examinations of central
nervous system function and related motor responses (15 minutes) are
included on Side 2 of the SLICE OF BRAIN I.
from the University of Washington
Anatomist Program in the Department of Biological Structure, University
of Washington, Seattle, has developed a database of digital images.
Several minutes of computer graphic reconstructions of the brain are
taken from the videodisc DIGITAL
ANATOMIST: HUMAN BRAIN ANIMATIONS produced by J.W. Sundsten, Ph.D.
and K.G. Kastella, Ph.D. Several hundred still images have also been
contributed by Dr. Sundsten. What appears as an animated tour through
the human head when played back in real time are 344 MRI scans of a
human volunteer sliced at 1.3 mm in three orthogonal planes. These are
provided by J.S. Tsuruda, M.D. and K.R. Maravilla, M.D.
the patient sequences are derived from the videodisc DISORDERS OF THE
NERVOUS SYSTEM: MOTOR. It is a compilation of materials on neurological
dysfunction developed by Pamela S. Mitchell, R.N., M.N, Ph.D.; Nancy
Konikow, R.N., M.N.; and Nancy Woods, R.N. Ph.D. (University of Washington
School of Nursing, Department of Physiological Nursing) and John Bolles,
M.S. (Health Sciences Center for Educational Resources).
on the SLICE OF BRAIN I are 5,250 gross and microscopic neuropathology
images from the University of Washington Department of Neuropathology.
These photographs were selected from over 20,000 cases that have been
collected during the last 35 years under the supervision of Ellsworth
C. Alvord, Jr., M.D., with the assistance of Cheng-Mei Shaw, M.D., and
S. Mark Sumi, M.D.
from the University of Utah
neuroscience related images previously published on the SLICE OF LIFE
VI videodisc were transferred to the SLICE OF BRAIN I. From 92 individual
contributors, these videodisc frames represent the best of the neuroscience
related materials from the SLICE OF LIFE, including 1,972 images from
the collection of Suzanne S. Stensaas, Ph.D., University of Utah. Anne
G. Osborn, M.D., of the Department of Radiology, has placed 1,993 supplemental
neuroradiology images on the SLICE OF BRAIN I, complementing the 1,580
frames transferred from the SLICE OF LIFE VI.
of Nursing contributed 57 segments from its HEAD TO TOE: A HEALTH ASSESSMENT
VIDEODISC. Found on Side 2 of the SLICE OF BRAIN I, these motion sequences
and stills relate to the normal motor and sensory neurological examination.
The original two-sided disc was produced by Thom J. Mansen, R.N., Ph.D.
and Sandra W. Haak, R.N., Ph.D., in cooperation with Media Solutions,
University of Utah.
OF BRAIN producers are delighted to be able to include on this videodisc
700 images from the collection of the DAVID
L. BASSETT ATLAS OF HUMAN ANATOMY. The full collection can be found
on the SLICE OF LIFE VI and VII videodiscs, but the anatomy related
to the Central Nervous System, The Head and Neck, and the Back have
been included here. Licensed from Mrs. Lucile Bassett, Mrs. William
Gruber, and Robert A. Chase, M.D., Stanford University, the SLICE OF
BRAIN has both the monoscopic (2-D) and the stereoscopic (3-D) versions
of Dr. Bassett's dissections originally published as a printed index
and atlas with Viewmaster reels. The monoscopic version (on Side 1)
and the stereoscopic companions (on Side 2) have identical frame locations.
The same videodisc frame number will access different versions of the
same picture. In order to view the stereoscopic, interlaced, NTSC video
signal from the laser videodisc, a pair of LCD, 3-D Shutter glasses
is required. A supplier of these glasses is the 3-D TV Corporation at
the following website: http://www.3dmagic.com.
University of Ottawa, Canada, 34 sequences were transferred from the
videodisc SEIZURES, MOVEMENT DISORDERS AND NEUROLOGIC SIGNS by John
Bormanis, M.D., Chris Skinner, M.D., and R.F. Nelson, M.D. Extensive
descriptions have been included to identify the patient, the case, and
the results of treatments.
It is with
pride that the neuropathology slide collection (1,075) of Emanuel R.
Ross, M.D., has been included in the SLICE OF BRAIN I videodisc. His
passing in 1993 added determination to our efforts and that of his colleagues
at the Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, to complete
the image transfers and indexing for the SLICE OF BRAIN I.
to the two sections below for additional information about what is on
the Slice of Brain I videodisc.
INDEX TO SOB I:
How do you
search and sort through the thousands of frames on the videodisc to find
images that interest you? Refer to the web page on our customized INDEX
TO THE SLICE OF BRAIN I VIDEODISC created in FileMaker Pro and available
on a separate CD-ROM for both Macintosh and Windows 3.1/95/98/NT/2000/XT
platforms. ASCII text versions are also provided so you can import the
descriptions into your favorite database or spread sheet program.
SAMPLER FOR SOB I:
of subjects and image locations provided here only scratches the surface
of the breadth and depth of the SLICE OF BRAIN videodisc. This sampler
is not intended as a complete index (see INDEX
TO THE SLICE OF BRAIN I VIDEODISC). It is an overview and can be used
if you already have access to one of our videodiscs.
is organized in by individual contributor:
I SAMPLER: Sorted by Individual Contributor
PRODUCT: Slice of Brain I
SLICE OF LIFE VII Videodisc
is a visual encyclopedia, containing more than 44,000 still images and
65 motion sequences related to human medicine, nursing, dentistry and
allied health education. The seventh edition represents contributions
from 63 institutions, two professional societies, a pharmaceutical company,
and 240 individuals throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America,
Europe and Australia.