Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: the COD Library building is closed until further notice.

Open Access Medical Images


Seeking Medical Images?

Whether you are a faculty member in search of images to visually enhance your curriculum delivery, a student intent on "nailing" a presentation with just the right image, or a health professional in search of diagnostic scans or EKG tracings, the Open Access (and in some cases public domain) resources listed below offer you a wealth of image choices.


HONmedia is a unique repository of over 6,800 medical images and videos pertaining to 1,700 topics and themes. This free service is offered by the Health On the Net Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation. Rather than holding the images itself, the HONmedia repository contains links to images hosted on sites around the world.

MedPix® is a free online Medical Image Database and Radiology Portal, provided by the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Informatics, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD. Most cases have a proven diagnosis (pathology, clinical followup); and, all teaching file cases are peer-reviewed by an editorial panel.
MyPACS is the leading teaching file management system that lets you create radiology, cardiology, pathology, and pediatric teaching files and other image management solutions for medical education and research. Radiologists, pathologists, cardiologists, medical students, and residents can create their own MIRC compatible cases. Works with or without a PACS.

nci.jpgNCI Visuals Online
The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Visuals Online provides a range of photographs and illustrations that may help communicators of medical and public health convey meaning, describe concepts, and tell stories. The collection spans everything from biomedical, science, and patient-care related illustrations and images to portraits of present and past directors and the staff of the National Cancer Institute. Visuals Online currently provides public access to 2,789 images

HardinMD.jpgPublic Domain Medical Gallery
Free-to-use pictures of specific diseases hosted on the Hardin MD site.

Snap6.jpgYale Image Finder
Search the actual image content of 1,500,000+ Open Access images and figures from PubMed Central

For more ways to locate diagnostic medical images, take a look at these image search tips!