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  ABOUT THE SLICE OF LIFE VII VIDEODISC
 

With the release of the seventh edition of the SLICE OF LIFE, the producers marked a ten-year anniversary for a project that started in 1986 as an experiment and evolved into a cooperative worldwide effort among institutions and individuals interested in innovative uses of educational technologies in medical school education.

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SLICE OF LIFE VIDEODISC GIVEAWAY (ends June 2004):

The Slice of Project is clearing their inventories of Slice of Life Videodiscs. You might call this the "SLICE OF LIFE VIDEODISC GIVEAWAY." Why? Because we are giving away Slice of Life VI and VII videodiscs to qualified applicants (shipping and handling fees apply). The discs usually sell for US$300.

To participate in the SLICE OF LIFE VIDEODISC GIVEAWAY, please read about the program and submit an application form by clicking this button:
Inventory Clearance

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44,000 IMAGES IN A VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA:

SLICE OF LIFE VII 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.

This 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. You may wish to review our complete list of Contributors.

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SUBJECT AREAS :

The high quality images on the laserdisc include the following subject areas: cardiology, cytology, embryology, gross anatomy, hematology, histology, microbiology, neuroanatomy, parasitology, pathology, radiology, gastric endoscopy, colonoscopy, dermatology, and ophthalmology. For a more detailed review of what's included on the videodisc refer to the section WHAT'S NEW ON SLICE OF LIFE VII. Also, see our SOL VII CONTENT SAMPLER list for a comprehensive overview.

 SOL VII CONTENT SAMPLER: Sorted by Representative Subject Areas

 SOL VII CONTENT SAMPLER: Sorted by Individual Contributor

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IMAGE TYPES :

The videodisc frames contain a variety of image types, including: Cytology, Diagrams, ECGs, Transmission and Scanning Electron Micrographs, Endoscopy, Gross, Microscopic, Models, People and Patients, Text, X-Rays, Angiograms, CTs, MRIs, Mammograms and Ultrasounds, to name a few. Below are listed some of the specific descriptions used to index and identify each image on the disc:

 IMAGE TYPE

  • animation
  • autofluorescence
  • cytology
  • cytology, labeled
  • diagram
  • diagram, labeled
  • electrocardiogram
  • transmission electron micrograph
  • endoscopy
  • flow cytometry
  • fluorescence
  • gross image
  • gross image, labeled
  • gross, microscopic
  • gross, x-ray
  • immunofluorescence
  • karyotype
  • microscopic
  • microscopic, labeled
  • microscopic, x-ray
  • other or model
  • other or model, labeled
  • person or patient
  • person or patient, labeled
  • scanning electron micrograph
  • text
  • x-ray
  • x-ray, labeled

 X-RAY TYPE

  • air contrast
  • angiogram
  • barium
  • cholangiogram
  • CT: computed tomography
  • magnetic resonance angiogram
  • mammogram
  • MRI: magnetic resonance imaging
  • myelogram
  • other x-ray type
  • plain film
  • radionuclide scan
  • tomogram
  • ultrasound

 MRI TYPE

  • T1 weighted MRI
  • T2 weighted MRI
  • T1 & T2 weighted MRI
  • dynamic scanning MRI
  • gradient echo MRI
  • proton density MRI

 RADIOLOGY CONTRAST

  • bone window
  • body coil
  • head coil
  • unspecified contrast
  • with radiology contrast
  • without radiology contrast

 IMAGE ORIENTATION

  • anterior view
  • anterioposterior view
  • axial plane
  • coronal plane
  • external surface
  • horizontal plane
  • inferior view
  • internal surface
  • lateral view
  • longitudinal orientation
  • medial view
  • oblique view
  • posterior view
  • posterioanterior view
  • superior view
  • sagittal plane
  • transverse plane
  • median plane
  • GI orientation: ascending colon
  • GI orientation: anus
  • GI orientation: stomach antrum
  • GI orientation: bulb of duodenum
  • GI orientation: cardia of stomach
  • GI orientation: descending colon
  • GI orientation: duodenum
  • GI orientation: lower esophagus
  • GI orientation: middle esophagus
  • GI orientation: rectum
  • GI orientation: sigmoid colon
  • GI orientation: transverse colon
  • GI orientation: upper esophagus

 ORGAN TYPE

  • abdomen
  • adrenal
  • ankle
  • anus
  • aorta
  • appendix
  • arm
  • artery
    -
  • back
  • biochemistry
  • bladder
  • blood
  • body
  • bone
  • bone marrow
  • brain
  • breast
  • bronchus
  • buttock
    -
  • cell
  • cerebellum
  • cervix
  • chemistry
  • chest
  • colon
  • connective
  • cranial nerve
  • CSF
    -
  • duodenum
    -
  • ear
  • ECG
  • elbow
  • embryo
  • epididymis
  • epiglottus
  • esophagus
  • eye
    -
  • face
  • fat
  • feces
  • fetus
  • figure
  • foot
  • forearm
    -
  • gallbladder
  • ganglion
    -
  • hand
  • head
  • heart
  • hip
  • hypothalamus
    -
  • joint
    -
  • kidney
  • knee
    -
  • lab
  • larynx
  • leg
  • liver
  • lung
  • lymph node
  • lymphatics
  • mediastinum
  • medulla
  • meninges
  • micro
  • midbrain
  • mouth
  • muscle
    -
  • neck
  • nerve
  • nose
    -
  • ovary
  • oviduct
    -
  • pancreas
  • parathyroid
  • pelvis
  • penis
  • pericardium
  • pharynx
  • pineal
  • pituitary
  • placenta
  • pleura
  • pleural fluid
  • pons
  • prostate
    -
  • rectum
    -
  • salivary gland
  • shoulder
  • sinus
  • skin
  • skull
  • small bowel
  • soft tissue
  • spinal cord
  • spine
  • spleen
  • sputum
  • stomach
    -
  • teeth
  • testes
  • thalamus
  • thigh
  • thorax
  • thymus
  • thyroid
  • tongue
  • tonsil
  • trachea
  • trauma
    -
  • ureter
  • urethra
  • urine
  • uterus
    -
  • vagina
  • vein
  • vessel
  • vulva
    -
  • wrist

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MULTI-PURPOSE DESIGN:

Like previous editions, SLICE OF LIFE VII 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, the videodisc is a powerful vehicle for independent and cross discipline learning.

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12-INCH LASER VIDEODISC:

Do not confuse the SLICE OF LIFE VII laser videodisc with CD-ROM or DVD-Video and DVD-ROM technologies. SOL VII 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. In 1986 when this project began, CD-ROMs were yet to be invented. Today, it would require about 8 CD-ROMs to hold all 44,000 laserdisc images in a compressed JPEG file format.

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EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:

The video 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.

Industrial 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").

Unfortunately, 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:

Inkley's Audio Visual
2150 South State
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115 USA
801-486-5985

If you need to find a remote hand-controller, we've found various models on this web-based retailer: http://www.replacementremotes.com/

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SOL ON CD/DVD?

Sorry, not available. Please refer to our section of information on Slice of Life in digital format for further explanations.

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WHAT'S NEW ON SOL VII?

Over 5600 new frames and 65 motion sequences were added to the seventh edition of SLICE OF LIFE. More than 500 electron micrographs (scanning and transmission) were contributed by Dr. Allen Bell from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; Dr. Fred Hossler from East Tennessee State University; and Dr. Ray Henrikson, Albany Medical College. Dr. Frank J. Wilson, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, provided 500 images related to cell biology. Approximately 225 hematology pictures were contributed by Dr. Emmanuel C. Besa of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and the American Society of Hematology via the University of Washington, Seattle. Sandoz Pharmaceuticals permitted the SLICE OF LIFE team to repurpose 226 images from their CD-ROM series of educational materials related to asthma, bone growth, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and arthritis.

Dr. John Adams, Professor Emeritus of the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, Canada, worked extensively with KUED Media Solutions to digitize and transfer to SLICE OF LIFE VII over 1600 images taken from the William Boyd Slide Collection of Diseased Human Organs. These stunning, one-of-a-kind, hand-tinted photographs are organized by twelve systems and are described by patient histories, specimen descriptions, autopsy findings, and cross-references to the original Boyd Museum Collection acquisition numbers and their corresponding Kodak Photo CD discs. It is with regret that we note the passing of Dr. Adams in May of 1996 just prior to the release of the videodisc. It was his passion to revive the Boyd Collection for the benefit of future educators and students. We are delighted to have worked with him and are proud to include these educational materials for the medical community to share.

There are 43 new images from the Centers for Disease Control related to opportunistic diseases in AIDS patients. Dr. Charles K. Haun, of the University of Southern California School of Medicine loaned his collection of glass slides from which 70 pictures in neurohistology were taken. Thirty ear anatomy images (comparative, chinchilla) were provided by Dr. Peter A. Santi from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

From the Montreal General Hospital and Dr. David Fleiszer are over 100 mammography images related to calcifications and breast cancer, many of them presented in series pertaining to particular cases. The Group for Research in Pathology Education (G.R.I.P.E.) has added 227 more pathology pictures, while Dr. F.J. Pardo Mindán, from the Universidad de Navarra, Spain, transferred 111 still images in pathology. Additional anatomy pictures were contributed by Dr. Humberto Guiraldes del Canto from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Dr. Henry Yip, now in Hong Kong since moving from the University of Utah, placed 219 serial cross sections of a human leg, arm and torso on the disc.

The previous edition, SLICE OF LIFE VI, with the permission of Dr. Robert Chase of the Stanford University School of Medicine, contained over 1500 images from the DAVID L. BASSET ATLAS OF HUMAN ANATOMY. All of these monoscopic, 2-D images were replaced on SLICE OF LIFE VII with stunning, higher resolution, digital transfers. Digital stereoscopic versions of the 1500 images were also placed on Side 2 of the disc in the same videodisc frame locations. 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.

Side 2 of the videodisc also contains 57 segments from the University of Utah's College of Nursing project entitled HEAD TO TOE: A HEALTH ASSESSMENT VIDEODISC . These motion sequences and stills relate to normal sensory and motor neurological examinations and were originally produced by Thom J. Mansen, R.N., Ph.D., and Sandra W. Haak, R.N., Ph.D. Other sequences on Side 2 include a review of the Methods and Madness involved in producing the SLICE OF LIFE videodisc through its ten-year history, as well as a review of a 4-step method to properly set up the colors on an NTSC television monitor. The stereoscopic versions of the Bassett Atlas are also on Side 2.

Please refer to the two sections below for additional information about what is on the Slice of Life VII videodisc.

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IMAGE INDEX TO SOL VII:

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 LIFE VII 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.

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CONTENT SAMPLERS FOR SOL VII:

The sample of subjects and image locations provided here only scratches the surface of the breadth and depth of the SLICE OF LIFE videodisc. This sampler is not intended as a complete index (see INDEX TO THE SLICE OF LIFE VII VIDEODISC). It is an overview and can be used if you already have access to one of our videodiscs.

This sampler is organized in two ways:

 SOL VII SAMPLER: Sorted by Representative Subject Areas

 SOL VII SAMPLER: Sorted by Individual Contributor

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RELATED PRODUCT: Slice of Brain I

As a spin-off disc from the SLICE OF LIFE, SLICE OF BRAIN I is a two-sided videodisc encyclopedia of 21,000 stills and 150 motion sequences assembled as a resource for neuroscience education. The creation of this disc is the result of collaboration between departments and faculty at the University of Utah and the University of Washington.

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