The Anatomy Tree allows you to perform actions on anatomical structures in your 3D model – such as "painting" or hiding specific structures – by name, as opposed to their physical location in the body.
If you want to perform an action on a structure, you can click on the structure in the 3D model itself. However, if the structure is very small or covered by another structure, it might be difficult or impossible to select it in the 3D model. In that case, or if you simply prefer to navigate anatomical structures by name, you can use the Anatomy Tree to find the structures and then perform actions on them.
There are currently two actions you can perform on an anatomical structure or grouping:
See below for step-by-step instructions on how to perform these actions.
Use the Anatomy Tree to hide or show structures
Any anatomical structure or group of structures can be hidden from view in your 3D model.
One way to hide structures from your model is to select the Hide button from the toolbar at the top of the page and then click on the structure in the 3D model, which removes it from view.
However, when you need to hide multiple structures or groups of structures, we recommend using the Anatomy Tree. Using the Anatomy Tree speeds up the process and additionally gives you more control over the structures you are removing.
To hide structures using the Anatomy Tree, follow the steps below, depending on how many structures you would like to remove from view.
1. Hide one structure
- In the Anatomy Tree, locate the individual structure or grouping you want to remove by manually locating it in the tree or by searching for it in the search bar.
- Hover over the structure or grouping name until an eye icon appears to the right.
- Click on the eye icon to hide the structure or grouping.
Tip: To restore the hidden structure to your model, click on the eye icon again.
2. Hide multiple structures
- In the Anatomy Tree, find each structure or grouping you want to remove by browsing the tree or searching for it by name.
- Holding down the shift key, click on the name of each structure or grouping in the list to select it.
- A drop-down menu that says [#] Objects Selected will appear at the top of the Anatomy Tree. Click on the menu, and hover over Show / Hide.
- Select Hide Selected.
Tip: To restore the hidden structures to your model, repeat steps 1-3 above, hover over Show / Hide, and select Show Selected.
3. Hide all but one structure (i.e., isolate a single structure):
- In the Anatomy Tree, locate the individual structure or grouping you isolated above.
- Hover over the structure or grouping name.
- Click on the more options icon to the right.
- Hover over Select, and select Select Everything Else.
- Click on the [#] Objects Selected menu that now appears at the top of the Anatomy Tree.
- Click on the menu to open it, and hover over Show / Hide.
- Select Show Selected.
Use the Anatomy Tree to paint structures
Use Paint to apply colors and visual effects to any anatomical structure or group of structures in your 3D model.
There are two ways to “paint” anatomical structures:
- Select Paint in the toolbar at the top of the page, select a color or effect in the palette on the right side of the page, and then click on each structure in the 3D model.
- Select your structures using the Anatomy Tree first, and then apply colors and effects to those selected structures.
For more detailed instructions on both methods, see Paint a model.