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Introduction to Images
Images -- medical, comical, inspirational, etc. -- can add greatly to the content of your presentation, poster, paper, or other publication. Images created by someone else may be free to use, require permission, or require payment. Regardless of the type of image, attribution on or near the image may be required. See the Copyright & Permissions tab for further guidelines.
Images Available Through Library Institutional Subscriptions
Many library subscription databases, such as AccessMedicine, ClinicalKey, Pediatric Care Online, and LWW Health Library, have images you can use, provided that copyright or other proprietary notices are kept intact: See Copyright & Permissions for more details.
Quickly find images in library subscription databases:
- Do a search on your topic
- Use the search filters (usually on the side of the screen) to narrow your results to images
Clinical decision support tool that builds differentials to evaluate the possibilities, compare variations, and improve diagnostic accuracy at the point of care across several professional specialties. Includes dermatology of skin types and skin of color. Mobile friendly
. App available
Free Images and Videos
Scanning electron micrograph of just-divided HeLa cells, from the NIH Image Gallery.
Google Images: Advanced Search
Narrow your results by usage rights, or by domain (.gov) - Most U.S. government images are copyright-free.
Guide to Free Images on the Web
This guide, developed by the University of Pittsburgh, lists several free sources of general and health-related images.
Over 12,000 patient case scenarios, 9,000 topics, and nearly 59,000 images.
Open-i - Open Access Biomedical Image Search Engine
Open-i 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.
From the University of Michigan Libraries, a list of repositories that provide openly-licensed images, video, music, course materials, and more.
PEIR - Pathology Education Informational Resource Digital Library
A multidisciplinary public access image database for use in medical education. Includes over 4,000 curated radiology teaching images, from 1999 to the present.
free educational radiology resource with one of the web's largest collections of radiology cases and reference articles.
Diagnostic Radiology Database
Thieme MedOne Radiology
A top diagnostic radiology database. Includes e-books, cases, and images on ultrasound, MRI, CT, and more. Mobile friendly.
Use of images by individuals for educational purposes is generally considered fair use. If money changes hands or the image is used for publication (of some sort) then image users need to receive approval from image creators or owners before use to avoid copyright law violation.
Carefully read the verbiage at the origin of the image. Often image users rights and responsibilities are clearly defined there, as are the means for asking permission for use of desired images. Look for the terms "copyright" or "usage".
See the Copyright & Permissions tab for further guidelines.