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Locating Diagnostic Medical Images


Image Search Tips

There are many places to find images. The key (and more dificult task) is to locate a high-quality image that will clearly display normal and abnormal pathology. Many electronic sources utilize lower quality images because they have smaller file sizes and load faster in browsers. While great for fast-loads, these lower quality images are poor choices for imaging educational projects and health science students/professionals. Diagnostic Medical Imaging-specific textbooks, journals and Websites are excellent resources because they publish high quality images designed to meet the educational needs of healthcare imaging professionals.

Places to find quality images:

  • scans from books and journals (flatbed & book scanners are available in the Library)
    • Utilize the Imaging Reserves Collection and books in the General collection
  • Use the "Best Bet" Imaging Websites linked from this research guide
  • Google or Bing--> images --> disease/condition i.e. fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva
    • Narrow by adding diagnosis or treatment or imaging modality such as x-ray, MRI

**Make certain the images that you find are HUMANS not animals***

DO NOT save or download thumbnails, pull up the full size image then right click and save. Thumbnails are low-quality replications of original pictures.

Remember to collect all citation information before navigating away from a Web site site (see COD Citing Sources Page for image citation examples) NoodleBib does not have a good template for image citations!