Image Databases Portal
This resource contains tens of thousands of photos and illustrations to aid physicians, residents, and medical students in visual diagnosis. The “Multimedia” link at the top of the homepage will take you to the “Image Index” where available images are listed alphabetically. If you prefer, you can enter a term in the search box and then limit your search to images.
The images in AccessMedicine are available to save and download for educational purposes.
Available images are listed alphabetically. If you prefer, you can enter a term in the search box and limit your search to images. You may display, download, or print out the images in these related databases for personal and educational use only. Educational use refers to classroom teaching, lectures, presentations, rounds, and other instructional activities.
- Clinical Key - This clinical resource contains more than five million images. After you perform a search, you can filter your search results by source type to limit to images. In addition, Clinical Key’s “Presentation Maker” feature allows you to create a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation with images.
Download the User Guide for more information on how to do this.
You may use content from Clinical Key in presentations for noncommercial purposes, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices.
To use Clinical Key content for other purposes, such as publication within a journal article or a presentation for a commercial entity or in the media, click on “Get rights and content.” This will link you to the Copyright Clearance Center so you may obtain rights to reuse that specific content.
- Images from the History of Medicine - This database includes nearly 70,000 images in the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) historical collections. The collection of portraits, photographs, fine prints, caricatures, posters, and other graphic art illustrates the social and historical aspects of medicine from the Middle Ages to the present.
Most of the images in this database are in the public domain and therefore freely available for use. However, published images should include the credit line "Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine." For those images not in the public domain, accompanying information notifies you that you will need to obtain permission for use.
- Netter Presenter - This resource includes the plates from the Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy. Each picture can be downloaded with all labels and leader lines, with leader lines and no labels, or completely unlabelled.
- NIH Image Bank - The NIH Image Bank contains images from the collections of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. Contents include general biomedical and science-related images, patient care-related images, microscopy images, and various exterior images. You may browse the images by category or by institute.
NIH images are in the public domain and not copyrighted. No fee is charged to use the images. However, credit must be given to the National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services.
- NursingConsult – The "Images" feature in Nursing Consult searches for images in nursing books, and it is possible to compare up to four images at a time. To locate an image, use the search box on the left side of the screen, limiting your search to "Images."
You may print or download images for personal, non-commercial use provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices are kept intact. To use images in a poster, publication, or for any other similar use, permission must be requested through the Elsevier Rights Department.
- Open-i - This service from the National Library of Medicine provides access to over 1.6 million images. After entering a search term, it is possible to limit your search by image type (including x-rays, graphics, photographs, and video), specialties, and license type. Images are from the Indiana University hospital network, the Orthopaedic Surgical Anatomy Teaching Collection at the University of Southern California Digital Library, and open access articles in the PubMed Central database. For information on the use of Open-i images in your projects, see https://openi.nlm.nih.gov/faq.php?it=xg
- Public Health Image Library (PHIL) - These photos, illustrations, and videos from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used for reference, teaching, and presentations. PHIL offers "Quick Search" and "Advanced Search" options to locate pictures.
Beneath each image is a fair use statement that tells whether the image is public domain or copyright protected. Most of the images in the collection are in the public domain and are therefore free of any copyright restrictions. Permission is not required for public domain images, but you should credit the original institution and contributor whenever the image is used in any publicly distributed media. If the image is copyright protected, you will have to contact the content provider to obtain usage permission.
- VisualDx - This resource contains nearly 30,000 high-quality images covering diseases of the skin, nails, hair, oral mucosa, genital mucosa, eyes, and lungs, as well as other internal and systemic diseases, for the primary purpose of assisting in visual diagnosis. It includes variation by age, body location, skin type, disease severity, and ethnicity. You can access disease images by entering the disease name in the search box.
You may copy or link to a VisualDx image for your personal clinical, educational, or research use including consulting with individual colleagues, patient education, and lectures or other teaching materials. When using an image from VisualDx, leave the copyright watermark notice intact and include the source reference, "Image source: VisualDx". Unless express written permission is granted, images from VisualDx may not be used in any print or electronic publication or posted on websites, Intranet domains, public bulletin boards, or online chat rooms. Individual images from VisualDx may not be added to centralized image repositories or learning management systems outside the context of specific course materials.
- Yale Image Finder - This database provides open access images and figures from PubMed Central. It is a publicly accessible search engine featuring a new way of retrieving biomedical images and associated papers based on the text carried inside the images.