Images and Learning Objects

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Health Related Sources (free)

  • ARRS Goldminer
    Search over 250,000 radiology images published in 262 peer-reviewed journals, organized using MeSH. From the American Roentgen Ray Society.
  • Biology Images Library (part of BioMed Central)
  • BioMed Search beta
  • BioText (University of California-Berkeley)
    Search the tables, image captions as well as full text of all journals indexed in PubMed Central
  • Color Atlas of Family Medicine (from Access Medicine - restricted to UW-Madison affliliates)
    This text contains topical, regional and morphological indexes to find images. Images are exportable for educational and personal use only.
  • Hardin MD - Medical Pictures/Disease Pictures (University of Iowa)
    Large collection of links to medical and disease images from around the Web, organized by topic
  • Health Education Assets Library (HEAL) (National Sciences Digital Library)
    Free high-quality digital materials for health sciences education (free registration required for downloads).
  • HONMedia  (Health on the Net Foundation)
    Repository of 6,800 medical images and videos, pertaining to 1,700 topics.
  • Images - a Database of Images from the Biomedical Literature (National Center for Biotechnology Information/NCBI)
    The Images database enables users to search images based on keywords and a variety of other parameters, such as author and publication date. Images and data can be easily saved to users' collections and shared with others through the use of My NCBI, a feature that allows users of NCBI resources to customize their search and display preferences, save and share searches, build bibliographies, and perform a variety of other functions.
  • Images from the History of Medicine  (National Library of Medicine)
    Access to the nearly 60,000 images in the prints and photograph collection of the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). The collection includes portraits, pictures of institutions, caricatures, genre scenes, and graphic art in a variety of media, illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine.
  • MedEdPORTAL  (American Association of Colleges of Medicine)
    MedEdPORTAL is a resource designed to help faculty publish and share educational resources. It is free to the general public and covers a variety of medical education resources.
  • Medical Images and Illustrations  (Karolinska Institutet)
    Very large links list to health sciences multimedia materials on the Internet (mostly images).
  • MedPix
    Free repository of peer reviewed teaching files, imaging atlas and decision support tools in several areas, esp. radiology (free registration required for downloads).
  • MERLOT  (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)
    MERLOT is a searchable collection of peer reviewed, higher education, online learning materials created by registered members, and a set of faculty development support services. MERLOT's vision is to be a premiere online community where faculty, staff, and students from around the world share their learning materials and pedagogy (free registration required for downloads).
    "This web resource presents an organized directory of cell and molecular animations, as well as a collection of original tutorials for life science professionals learning 3D visualization. The goal is to provide an efficient way for scientists and educators to browse and access existing animations for teaching and communication purposes. We hope to build an open community among 3D users focusing their efforts on cell and molecular visualizations."
  • 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, clinicians, computers, patient care-related images, microscopy images, and various exterior images.
  • Open-i Biomedical Image Search Engine
    "The Open-i project aims to provide next generation information retrieval services for biomedical articles from the full text collections such as PubMed Central. It is unique in its ability to index both the text and images in the articles. The article retrieval is powered by Essie (the search engine that supports

    Open-i lets users retrieve not only the MEDLINE citation information, but also the outcome statements in the article and the most relevant figure from it. Further, it is possible to use the figure as a query component to find other relevant images or other visually similar images. Future stages aim to provide image region-of-interest (ROI) based querying. The initial number of images is projected to be around 600,000 and will scale to millions. The extensive image analysis and indexing and deep text analysis and indexing require distributed computing. At the request of the Board of Scientific Counselors, we intend to make the image computation services available as a NLM service."
  • Public Health Image Library (CDC)
  • SpringerImages (some free, some by UW-Madison subscription only)
    SpringerImages is a collection of scientific images that spans the scientific, technical and medical fields, including high-quality clinical images from images.MD. The continually updated collection – currently over 2.8 million images – gathers photos, graphs, histograms, figures, and tables, and is available to libraries and their patrons via a searchable online database. The SpringerImages interface enables users to search faster, more broadly and more accurately, through captions, keywords, context and more, even jumping from the image to the source article. Users can create personalized image “sets,” and can easily export images for use in their own presentations or lectures.
  • Skinsight (formerly VisualDX Health)
    Consumer health site focused on use of health images in diagnosis and clinical decision making
  • WebSurg (World Electronic Book of Surgery)
    Large collection of educational programs in laparoscopic surgery, including surgical videos, operative techniques, interviews/debates and lectures.
  • Wellcome Trust Images Library (free for personal, academic use - Creative Commons license)
    Photos, illustrations & multimedia files provided by the Centers for Disease Control. Searchable or available as pre-selected collections
  • World Health Organization Mediacentre Photos (and other multimedia)
  • Yale Image Finder
    Search the actual image content of over 34,000 Open Access articles from PubMed Central
  • Yottalook
    Medical imaging search engine for web, journals, teaching files, images, books and more...
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Health Related Sources (maybe or not free)

  • CSA Illustrata (all natural sciences)
    Database of searchable tables, figures, graphs, charts, etc. Available to UW-Madison affiliates only
  • ImagesMD
    Subscription service offering access to over 50,000 images derived from Current Medicine atlases covering all areas of internal medicine.
  • Medical Stock Sources
    Very nice list of commercial sources for stock photography and footage compiled by the National Library of Medicine.
  • Visuals Unlimited
    Science, Healthcare and Medical Stock images.
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Image Services & Tools

Health Sciences Tools

  • FiatLux VIsualize
    The only free advanced visualization software for CT and MRI imaging that runs on virtually any modern Windows PC/laptop/netbook/tablet and is cleared by the FDA for clinical use in the United States

Non-Health Sciences/Generic Image Tools

  • Aviary
    Online image editing and markup, audio editing tools
  • Flickr
    Popular online photo management and sharing application.
    Upload, organize, edit and share your photos. From Adobe, the makers of Photoshop desktop software.
  • Pixer
    Free, web-based image editing site. Need to make small changes to an image file and don't have the software to do it? Now you do.
  • Sumo Paint
    Full featured web-based image editing site. Free for basic editing, Pro version for more flexibility and features.
  • Zamzar
    Free web-based image, document, music and video file conversion tool. Need to get that wonky image into your presentation slides at the last minute from a hotel room? Now you can.

General Image Resources

Page last updated: June 18, 2012
Questions or suggestions? Contact Allan Barclay