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Medical Images and Illustrations: Medical Images and Illustrations

A list of resources that will help you locate and use medical images and illustrations from the School of Medicine Library and beyond.

A Note on Using Images and Illustrations

Please check the copyright statements on the site before using the image.  Most of the sites listed on this page permit users to download the images for non-commercial purposes, such as in for use in lectures, as long as the source of the image is included.

Medical Images and Illustrations

AccessMedicine Images [SOM] - Search or browse the index of images, video, and audio.

American Society of Hematology (ASH) Image Bank [Free] - Search or browse the index of images, video, and audio.

The Cell: An Image Library [Free] - American Society for Cell Biology. The Cell: An Image Library is a freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes.

ClinicalKey Multimedia [SOM] Elsevier. ClinicalKey has millions of images available to download to PowerPoint and over 13,000 medical and surgical videos. Select "Multimedia" at the top to browse.

De Humani Corporis Fabrica in Color [Free] - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A digital collection of the numerous colored woodcuts in the library's first edition of De humani corporis fabrica libri septem.

GoldMiner [Free] - Radiological image search engine from the American Roentgen Ray Society.

Hardin MD Medical Pictures/Disease Pictures [Free] - Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa. This page is a subject directory of links to pictures from a wide variety of online sources.

Health Education Assets Library (HEAL) [Free] - University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Digital Library. HEAL is a digital repository that allows medical educators to discover, download, and re-use over 22,000 medical education resources.

Images from the History of Medicine [Free] - Provies access to images in the prints and photograph collection of the History of Medicine Division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The collection includes portraits, pictures of institutions, caricatures, genre scenes, and graphic art in a variety of media, illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine.

Lane Medical Library's Bio-Image Search [Free] - Stanford. A database of biomedical images with Public Domain & Creative Commons licenses from a variety of sources. It organizes your results by reuse rights. - Images [Free] - Developed and maintained by Dr. William Herring and other staff at the Albert Einstein Medical Center.

MedEdPortal [Free] - Association of American Medical Colleges. MedEdPortal is a free peer-reviewed publication service and repository for medical and oral health teaching materials, assessment tools, and faculty development resources.

MedPix [Free] - National Library of Medicine. MedPix is a free online medical image database, which includes over 53,00 images from over 13,000 cases. The material is organized by disease category, organ system, and by patient profiles. The teaching file cases are peer-reviewed by an Editorial Panel.

The New England Journal of Medicine Figures & Multimedia [SOM] - Search or browse over 900 images of common clinical presentations. These images can be used as an educational tool to help residents and medical students quickly identify common conditions.

NIH Image and Video Gallery [Free] - National Institutes of Health. This site includes links to the image and video collections from the National Cancer Institute, the National Eye Institute, and many more.

OPEN-i, an Open Access Biomedical Image Search Engine [Free] - National Library of Medicine. Use Openi to locate abstracts and images (including charts, graphs, clinical images, etc.) from the open source literature and biomedical image collections. It provides access to over 1.6 million images from about 580,000 PubMedCentral articles and 7,470 chest x-rays with 3,955 radiology reports.

PMC Images [Free] - When you search PMC, it will automatically search the archive for relevant images and figures from journal articles. Thumbnails of the most relevant images will appear in an Images Results display in the upper right corner of your search results. (Images will not appear for searches that use Limits or Advanced Search features.)  The PMC Images search tool will also be displayed when you search PubMed, as long as the search results meet a number of criteria, e.g., results with a minimum of 250 citations, filters are not active, the search does not include Boolean operators, the search retrieves a minimum of 4 relevant images.

Public Health Image Library [Free] - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Public Health Image Library is an organized gateway to the CDC’s photos, illustrations, and multimedia files.

Specimens [Free] - A Flickr collection of gross and microscopic images of pathology specimens by Ed Uthman, a Houston pathologist.

Trauma Image Database [Free] - The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. A collection of trauma images freely available for educational use.

WebPath [Free] - The Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education, Mercer University School of Medicine – Savannah. WebPath contains over 2700 images with text that illustrate gross and microscopic pathologic findings along with radiologic imaging associated with human disease conditions. Also includes tutorials and self-assessment items.

Yottalook [Free] - A free medical imaging search engine. Over 750,000 images. Developed and maintained by four radiologists.