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What is the best size for a human anatomy chart?

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Choosing the right size for a human anatomy chart for your office, classroom or patient examination area is largely a function of the wall space or actual display area that you have. Most human anatomy charts will be standard poster sized which is typically 20 by 26 inches or 50 by 67 cm. Some may be slightly larger if they are framed or otherwise permanently mounted to the wall. There are also a number of options for slightly smaller versions that measure 18 by 25 inches. Other options include spiral bound human anatomy chart books that come with several different charts in easy to transport, store and handle format. These spiral bound booklets are usually about 11 by 14 inches in size and have a pop out type stand for displaying the charts on a desk, shelf or other type of flat surface. When not in use the booklets can be stored flat or book style on a shelf for easy out of the way storage.
If I work with non-English speaking patients, what options do I have for displaying and using a human anatomy chart?
Most of the major human anatomy chart manufacturing companies offer several different options for charts. One option for those physicians, clinics and hospitals with Spanish speaking patients is to provide either English/Spanish labeled charts or to have one of each on display. English and Spanish on the same chart may make the discussion much easier, regardless of the first language of either the doctor or the patient.
Color coding charts and three dimensional charts are also a good way to be able to visually show patients any possible health concerns, even if there are some language barriers present. Since most hospitals and clinics will also have access to translators, even if they are not familiar with all the clinical and medical terms the dual language charts can be of assistance in translating even detailed medical information.
What types of specialized human anatomy chart options are available?
One of the most popular human anatomy charts used to show non-traditional types of information is the series of charts that depict information on acupuncture. Fast becoming an important alternative medicine and even used in some traditional styles of treatment, acupuncture charts provide a wealth of information to patients.
These types of charts typically display the human body complete with all the different acupuncture points and what aliments and conditions they are beneficial in treating. In addition these charts also typically list both the Chinese and English name for the acupuncture point and the different treatments.
Human anatomy charts that detail specific body systems are also important. These very detailed types of charts can provide the level of specificity needed for doctors and health professionals working in specific fields of study. Charts of the spine, wrist, foot and the major joints and muscle systems in the body are very helpful in most offices. Human anatomy chart options that include nervous and major blood vessels may also be essential depending on the type of office and the patients that are being treated.

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