Website review by Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Education | Updated December 2013


Explore every bit of the human body in this powerful, interactive 3D tour

Learning rating
Community rating
Based on 15 reviews
Privacy rating
50%| Warning Expert evaluation by Common Sense
Subjects & Skills
Science, Health & Wellness, Critical Thinking

Take a look inside

5 images

Pros: Kids can examine, in great detail, over 5,000 anatomical parts and animations from any angle.

Cons: Stick with the serviceable basic membership.

Bottom Line: This visually stunning, incredibly useful way to virtually explore the human body is a must for the anatomy classroom.

You can refer your middle school students to BioDigital as a free and engaging resource. It's a great option for kids interested in careers in medicine. High school anatomy and physiology teachers or post-secondary educators might consider the additional Premium membership: this way you can customize lessons and share them easily with your students. Interactive quizzes work as a great formative assessment. The virtual dissections and medical procedure guides will appeal to all medically inclined students.

Continue reading Show less

BioDigital is a website (and Chrome app) that offers a dramatic virtual 3D simulation of the human body. It can be used to explore human anatomy as well as teaching about various health conditions. It's a great tool for learners ranging from middle school kids fascinated with the human body to medical students (there's also a professional version for actual doctors to use).

You can zoom in and out and enter the various layers of each anatomical animation with a few clicks of a mouse. (BioDigital works best on a computer with a mouse containing a scroll wheel.) Descriptions are provided in combination with interactive visualizations of hundreds of health conditions. Click on the lung's right superior lobe and get a pop-up window filled with info, or listen to an audio segment about breathing.

This amazing body visualization platform offers unprecedented access to the human body, for free. (A premium individual membership may be expensive and unnecessary for a middle school student.) However, any student taking anatomy in high school or beyond will find the additional tools very helpful. The ability to annotate, personalize, and save items will move anatomy studies beyond simple memorization into another class: a clearer understanding of the human body.

It's really a sight to behold, and kids can engage with and make sense of the body in their own way; with this site, their learning will last longer than the traditional "memorize and dump" after the test. Kids can also bookmark, save, and share their personalized visualizations, letting them build understanding together. Interactive quizzes also allow kids to manipulate an image and look at it from all angles before attempting to identify a part. Immediate feedback helps kids learn from mistakes and identify their strengths.

Overall Rating


Clear, interactive images really draw users in, and the highly realistic design is beautiful. Endless combinations of systems and body parts will keep kids coming back for more.


Kids are given absolute control of their learning; they can manipulate and annotate the body in the way that makes sense to them. 


Interactive quizzes give kids scores as they progress. A public space provides an online community for users to share saved visualizations and quizzes.

Common Sense reviewer
Emily Pohlonski Classroom teacher

Community Rating

(See all 15 reviews) (15 reviews) Write a review
Featured review by
Alicia B. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Capital High School
Olympia, United States
Excellent 3D manipulative for all learners.
Students are able to add/take away layers. As an instructor, you can guide them to a specific region/ terms for them to study. Students can take photos, and use other programs to label. Helps students visualize structures and manipulate them more clearly.
Read full review
Data Safety
How safe is this product?
Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users.
Personal information can be displayed publicly.
Unclear whether user-created content is filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.
Data Rights
What rights do I have to the data?
Users can create or upload content.
Processes to access or review user data are available.
Processes to modify data are not available for authorized users.
Ads & Tracking
Are there advertisements or tracking?
Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
Unclear whether this product displays traditional or contextual advertisements.
Personalised advertising is displayed.

Continue reading about this tool's privacy practices, including data collection, sharing, and security.

See complete evaluation

Learn more about our privacy ratings