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The best medical image collections

Sometimes when I want to illustrate my posts, I have to search so much to find proper and possibly free images. That’s why I’ve decided to create a collection of great medical image databases. Here is my list:

  1. Every time, my first destination is Wikimedia Commons that is a media repository created and maintained not by paid-for artists, but by volunteers. They have a well structured category-tree, so it’s easy to search.
  2. Then I go to the site of the Karolinska Institutet, one of the best database collections on the Internet. They say : Occasionally, the material may be downloaded and used free of charge. Normally, however, the material is strictly copyrighted, and may be used only after first having obtained explicit permission by the rightful owner.
  3. Clinical images at the University of California, San Diego is a visual educational resource dedicated to providing pictures that are representative of common and uncommon physical exam findings.
  4. A great graphics gallery of genetics.
  5. And my favourite one, the Embryo Images Online.

I’m one of the maintainers at Wikipedia’s selected images for Medicine Portal. I’ve met these wonderful ones during that work:

Animation created from a functional magnetic resonance imaging scan (fMRI) of the brain.

A dorsal root ganglion (DRG) from a chicken embryo

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. The MRI animation is really cool.

    January 9, 2007
  2. Anne #

    I run a small health education web based company. I want to be able to access images for use in multiple tutorials and have been looking to try to either buy software that has images, illustrations and possibly animations that can be used for this purpose or subscribe to a stock that would give me access to multiple images. Sites like istock are inadequate for my purposes because they do not have sufficvcient medical image stock and most of those they do have are insufficiently detailed for health educaiton purposes. Can you point me in the right direction?

    October 24, 2009

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