The Visible Human Project is a collection of medical images which together offer a detailed, three-dimensional representation of normal male and female human bodies. It was created using two donated cadavers that have been preserved, scanned and sectioned, then recorded using transverse CT, MR and cryosection images.
It has been carried out by the US National Library of Medicine and the data has been made available for a variety of anatomical projects.
The project has been controversial, however, because, although the female body was donated with full, informed consent from the woman’s family, the male was a convicted murderer who was executed by lethal injection in Texas in 1993.
The project website: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/visible/visible_human.html
Video made from sections of the male donor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPPjUtiAGYs
Video made from sections of the female donor . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPDqmG57eHU