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About Primal Pictures

Primal Pictures is an award-winning interactive 3D anatomy resource for both students and professionals, with 20 interactive modules covering every body system:

  • Body Plan
  • Chemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Histology
  • Integumentary
  • Blood
  • Lymphatic System and Immunity
  • Digestive System
  • Urinary System
  • Reproductive System
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Nervous System
  • Special Senses
  • Endocrine System
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory SystemMetabolism
  • Fluid, Electrolyte & Acid-Base Balance
  • Development and Inheritance

How to log in

‚Äč1. Visit Primal Pictures

2. Select "UK Institution Shibboleth Login" (circled in red above)

3. Scroll down to "The Manchester College" 

4. You will be asked to sign in using your organizational account: your student/staff email address and network password.

If you have trouble logging in contact us. 

How to find resources


The homepage displays all available Modules

Selecting the ‘i’ information icon (circled in red above) allows you to preview the content of an individual module so you can see which topics are covered. Alternatively, click on a module to begin straightaway. Once you have selected a module, it will open in a new browser window. 

Each module opens with an overview of what you will learn. You can click through each page to cover the whole unit, or click on a topic to go straight to that section.


You can also search across all modules to find information about a specific system or topic.

From the homepage, click Search (circled in red below) and enter your keywords.

Top Tip: Primal Pictures vs Wikipedia

Who doesn't love Wikipedia? We all use it--it's a quick and easy place to learn more about a subject. However, as you hopefully already know, anyone can write and edit Wikipedia articles. This means Wikipedia can be good for increasing your knowledge and understanding of a subject but shouldn’t be taken as fact or used as a reference in assignments.

If you want information that has been written and reviewed by experts, Primal Pictures is ideal. Primal Pictures' award-winning multi-media software is unique because of its accuracy and detail derived from genuine medical scan data that has been interpreted by a team of qualified anatomists and then translated into 3D images by an expert team of graphics specialists. Anatomy visuals are accompanied by 3D animations that demonstrate function, biomechanics and surgical procedures. In addition, the core 3D anatomy data are supplemented by clinical videos and text written by some of the worlds leading medical specialists.