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IMAGES Websites

The Library has 403 websites and
38 results for the descriptor "images"

American Society of Hematology Image Bank

1. American Society of Hematology Image Bank
  • Provider:American Society of Hematology
  • Keywords: figures , images , blood
  • Description: These images from hematology articles are free for educational use. Find leukocytes, platelets etc. in states of health and disease.

Ask a Forensic Artist

2. Ask a Forensic Artist

Biomedical Beat: a monthly digest of of research news from NIGMS

3. Biomedical Beat: a monthly digest of of research news from NIGMS
  • Provider:National Institute of General Medical Sciences/National Institutes of Health
  • Keywords: biomedical research , cell biology , education , genetics , grants , pharmacology , research , U.S. Government , news , images , disease , RSS feed
  • Description: This is a biomedical sciences newsletter on NIGMS-funded research. This National Institutes of Health division funds research in the following areas: cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, bioinformatics and computational biology. Links to sections on research funding opportunities, free publications, and training and other educational grants are made accessible in tabs. In addition, an image library is provided. The newsletter is not copyrighted; articles may be freely reproduced elsewhere; re-use of images requires permissions. This newsletter offers RSS feed access.

CDC Travelers’ Health

4. CDC Travelers’ Health
  • Provider:Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Keywords: consumer health , images , disease , maps , podcasts , travel medicine
  • Description: Travelers’ Health provides information on required vaccinations, travel-related diseases and the latest news updates on disease outbreaks, for health care professionals and the general public. Under Resources, links to CDC podcasts on travel health topics are available.

Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics

5. Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics
  • Provider:Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program
  • Keywords: books , digital , history of medicine , infectious disease , journal , policy , research , sociology , full text , images
  • Description: This resource is a " collection of resources for students of the history of medicine and for researchers seeking a historical context for epidemiology." (MLA News, Novermber/December 2008.) This collection provides general background information on diseases and epidemics worldwide, and is organized according to significant episodes of contagious disease. A timeline of dates of diseases and epidemics between 1494 and 1948 highlights events covered in the collection. Includes more than 500,000 pages of digitized copies of books, serials, pamphlets, incunabula and manuscripts.

DermAtlas (Dermatology Image Atlas)

6. DermAtlas (Dermatology Image Atlas)
  • Provider:Johns Hopkins University
  • Keywords: images , skin , dermatology
  • Description: Approximately 11,000 images of dermatologic conditions. "This website was designed by Bernard A. Cohen, M.D., Division of Pediatric Dermatology and Christoph U. Lehmann, M.D., Division of Neonatology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with technical assistance of Michael Cohen, for educational use by health care professionals, parents and patients."

DPDx Parasite Image Library

7. DPDx Parasite Image Library
  • Provider:CDC Division of Parasitic Diseases
  • Keywords: images , parasite
  • Description: "The Division of Parasitic Diseases' (DPD) mission is to prevent and control parasitic diseases in the United States and throughout the world." This is a large bank of downloadable images of parasites.

Eye Pathologist, The

8. Eye Pathologist, The
  • Provider:Duke University Medical Center
  • Keywords: genetics , open access , student , syndrome , physician , images , glossary of terms , eye , ophthalmology , pathology
  • Description: This website is the product of a felicitous partnership between two professors, a pathologist and an ophthalmologist, at Duke University Medical Center. This is a web-based instructional environment designed as a teaching and reference tool for health professionals from first-year medical students to ophthalmic pathologists. The Eye Pathologist presents more than 5,000 diseases affecting the eye and other tissues, is illustrated with several thousand high-quality images, and also includes dynamic links to a glossary of over 6,000 definitions. Overview pages on all diseases are accessible without registration, but to see all pages and take full advantage of the program's features, free registration is required. The developers encourage user feedback via a form available from the program's menu.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

9. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
  • Provider:Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Keywords: consumer health , disaster , federal agencies , public health , U.S. Government , images , maps , emergency preparedness
  • Description: FEMA's website contains guidelines for stocking basic emergency supplies, protecting one's home, property and pets, communications, evacuation routes, as well as on participating in an evacuation, and on how to apply for post-disaster help, with forms for doing so. Includes the complete booklet, "Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" as a free download.

Genes to Cognition Online

10. Genes to Cognition Online
  • Provider:Dolan DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Keywords: anatomy , biomedical ethics , blog , brain mapping , genetics , neuroscience , physiology , video , neurology , news , links , animation , images
  • Description: "Genes to Cognition (G2C) Online examines thinking and disorders of thinking across six levels of analysis: Genes ~ Biochemicals ~ Cells ~ Brain ~ Cognition (Behavior) ~ Environment" This interactive resource focuses on cognitive disorders, cognitive processes, and research approaches. A dynamic map of a network of connected topics facilitates exploration of a library of more than 750 unique items. A linear Selected Items menu above each map can be used to tour selected content. Links to other sites, to video short lectures and to news items are included. This site also has a blog. Note: Adobe FlashPlayer required for full use.

Hardin MD:  Public Domain Medical Gallery

11. Hardin MD: Public Domain Medical Gallery
  • Provider:University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
  • Keywords: medicine , images , disease , mobile access
  • Description: A gallery of permission-free images of dermatologic manifestations of diseases and conditions, provided by the University of Iowa. For mobile access to Hardin MD, go to

History of Medicine

12. History of Medicine
  • Provider:National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health
  • Keywords: books , digital , films , history , history of medicine , NLM , video , digitization , links , NIH , images , archive , interactive
  • Description: Features include digitized books viewable with "turning the pages" technology, and oral history audio files. The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine collects, preserves, interprets, and presents materials documenting the history of medicine, biomedical science, health and disease across all time periods and cultures. It provides access to manuscripts, books, photographs, films and other historical resources. The Division promotes, conducts, and facilitates scholarly research and public education through seminars, lectures, exhibitions, film programs, Web sites, databases, publications, catalogs and finding guides.

Images from the History of Medicine

13. Images from the History of Medicine
  • Provider:National Library of Medicine
  • Keywords: history of medicine , images , medical illustration
  • Description: Search or browse this image library using keywords. Clicking on "Full Record" yields further information on the image medium, its source and creator. Clicking the source may yield a list of further images from that source. "The purpose of the database is to assist users in finding illustrative material for private study, scholarship, and research. The NLM does not own the copyright to the images in the database, nor do we charge access or permission fees for their use. We do request, however, that published images include the credit line 'Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.'"

Internet Archive

14. Internet Archive

JHSPH Open Courseware

15. JHSPH Open Courseware

Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications

16. Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications
  • Provider:National Library of Medicine
  • Keywords: biomedical research , engineering , informatics , information science , life sciences , medical imaging , research , U.S. Government , images , electronic health record , information technology , information management
  • Description: A research and development division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the Lister Hill Center conducts and supports research and development in the dissemination of high quality imagery, medical language processing, high-speed access to biomedical information, intelligent database systems development, multimedia visualization, knowledge management, data mining and machine-assisted indexing. A diverse staff with backgrounds in medicine, computer science, library and information sciences, linguistics, cognitive science, education, and engineering are committed to maintaining the Lister Hill Center's leadership position in biomedical information research and development.

MacKinney Collection of Medieval Medical Illustrations

17. MacKinney Collection of Medieval Medical Illustrations
  • Provider:University of North Carolina
  • Keywords: history of medicine , images , medical illustration
  • Description: This is a compilation of medical history images from sources housed in a number of different online collections. Please note the posted copyright statement: "This site is intended for educational purposes. The manuscripts represented are not held by the University of North Carolina. Those seeking provenance, reproductions and permissions should contact the holding repository."

  • Keywords: consumer health , general health , syndrome , wellness , images , disease , dictionary
  • Description: This comprehensive consumer-oriented website offers a dictionary of medical terms, slide shows with informative text, and information on diseases and conditions, signs and symptoms, drug interactions, common medications and supplements, daily medical news, and a discussion forum on diseases and conditions. Some of the data here comes from the better-known WebMD, with which this site is allied.

MedPix Medical Image Database

19. MedPix Medical Image Database
  • Provider:Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Informatics, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • Keywords: allied health , education , graduate medical education , health sciences , informatics , medical imaging , nursing , open access , radiology , student , CME , images
  • Description: MedPix® is a fully web-enabled cross-platform database, integrating images and text. Content is organized by disease location, pathology category, patient profiles, and by image classification and caption. MedPix® can be searched through multiple internal image and text search engines. MedPix® search formulations may be linked directly to PubMed and other outside search engines with a single click. Additional features - Category 1 CME credits, quizzes, uploading, and editing - are available to registered users. A valuable resource for radiology and other allied health staff and trainees, physicians and medical students, nurses and graduate nursing students.

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

20. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

National Hurricane Center

21. National Hurricane Center
  • Provider:NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
  • Keywords: disaster , federal agencies , news , reports , software , images , maps , RSS feed , weather , emergency preparedness , hurricane
  • Description: The National Hurricane Center website provides interactive satellite and radar maps, frequently-updated land and marine advisories, and (in the presence of active storm systems)updated forecasts based on its aerial reconnaissance findings. Three- and 5-day outlooks, likely landfall ranges ("cones"), wind speed prediction maps and storm surge projections are featured. Many links to other authoritative and relevant emergency planning resources are provided from this site. There is a downloadable blank hurricane tracking map available, and RSS feed is provided.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

22. National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
  • Provider:NIGMS - National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • Keywords: biomedical research , blog , federal agencies , gateway , genomics , grants , health sciences , informatics , life sciences , medicine , open access , research , science , scientist , video , free , NIH , images , disease , podcasts , pharmacogenomics
  • Description: "The mission of [NIGMS] is to support research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention." NIGMS provides training and career grants, including a grants and opportunities program for minorities. This website is a gold mine for educators, providing scientist interviews, short films on special topics, an image database, posters, fact sheets, even interactive games. One can access or sign up for Biomedical Beat, the free NIGMS online newsletter, as well as order many other free publications. For researchers there is a blog, NIGMS Feedback Loop, that keeps one up to date on funding opportunities and future plans.

National Science Foundation

23. National Science Foundation
  • Provider:National Science Foundation
  • Keywords: biology , biomedical research , general reference , grants , medical imaging , publishing , research , science , U.S. Government , video , reports , images , medical illustration , RSS feed
  • Description: The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers full grant-funding information to the research community- from opportunity, to application deadline, to awards. NSF policy on data sharing and data management are also provided here. Those seeking grant information may want to go straight to the Site Map for faster navigation to their areas of interest. The NSF funds approximately 10,000 new scientific grant awards annually for research in a variety of scientific fields. To the general public, the NSF site provides a multimedia gallery of news, speeches and lectures, special reports and overviews of NSF research.

National Weather Service Forecast Office - Houston/Galveston, Texas

24. National Weather Service Forecast Office - Houston/Galveston, Texas

  • Provider:Elsevier
  • Keywords: anatomy , dentistry , skeletal , images
  • Description: This collection of images by Frank Netter, M.D. and other excellent medical illustrators is the online version of the CIBA collection. Some collections can be browsed here, along with two texts: Netter's Concise Atlas of Orthopaedic Anatomy and Netter's Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry. Note: Although many of these illustrations can be viewed free of charge, downloading them- for use in presentations or for publication, for instance- can only be done at a substantial cost.

Neuroscience Information Framework 3.1

26. Neuroscience Information Framework 3.1
  • Provider:National Institutes of Health
  • Keywords: biomedical research , clinical trials , data , drugs , federal agencies , genomics , grants , informatics , networking , neuroscience , portal , research , scientist , social networking , full text , links , NIH , software , images , disease , datasets , genes , data-sharing
  • Description: The Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) is a semantically-enhanced portal to a dynamic inventory of Web-based neuroscience resources. An initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, NIF enhances discovery and access to often unindexed but publicly available research data, datasets, software and tools in the deep web, as well as linking to PubMed records and open-access literature. The NIF Project provides the NIF Registry, Antibody Registry, Drug Related Gene Database, neuroscience ontology and a way to contribute to it (via the NeuroLex wiki) and semantic tagging services. NIF Navigator, a customizable, stand-alone search tool for incorporation into websites or wikis, draws query results from all the NIF's own components and from other sites and accessible databases. The valuable resources at NIF are too numerous to be described adequately here.

Neuroscience Online: an electronic textbook for the neurosciences

27. Neuroscience Online: an electronic textbook for the neurosciences
  • Provider:Dept. of Neurobiology and Anatomy, UT Medical School, Houston
  • Keywords: anatomy , courseware , curriculum , education , neuroscience , open access , student , neurology , collaborative , free , textbooks , animation , images , brain
  • Description: "This online, interactive courseware for the study of neuroscience is provided by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. The project is being developed under the direction of the Department Chair and Editor, John H. Byrne." Due to its largely multimedia presentation, the text cannot be downloaded-- it must be experienced online. The preface to this absorbing resource indicates that it is meant primarily as a course for the first-year medical student, but is also useful for more advanced students. Includes end-of-chapter review questions.

PharmGKB: Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base

28. PharmGKB: Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base

Public Health Image Library (PHIL)

29. Public Health Image Library (PHIL)
  • Provider:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Keywords: infectious disease , public health , toxicology , video , continuing education , images
  • Description: From the website: "...the PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. We welcome public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages. The content is organized into hierarchical categories of people, places, and science, and is presented as single images, image sets, and multimedia files."

Robert Bendheim Digital Atlas of Ophthalmology

30. Robert Bendheim Digital Atlas of Ophthalmology
  • Provider:New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Department of Ophthalmology
  • Keywords: images , eye , ophthalmology
  • Description: "The Digital Atlas of Ophthalmology is a database of images drawn from the vast clinical experience of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary specialists and their colleagues around the world. The Digital Atlas is intended to serve as a visual reference and educational supplement for ophthalmologists, general physicians, and medical students."

Servier Medical Art

31. Servier Medical Art
  • Keywords: education , medicine , animation , images , medical illustration
  • Description: This section of the Servier website is an online PowerPoint image bank of medical illustrations, free for educational use, and otherwise free but for the requirement to properly acknowledge the source when using for publication.

Society for Neuroscience

32. Society for Neuroscience
  • Provider:Society for Neuroscience
  • Keywords: biography , consumer health , courseware , e-books , education , history of medicine , K-12 , neuroscience , scientist , student , video , full text , news , links , images , disease , brain
  • Description: The Society for Neuroscience offers the expected features, many of them open to non-members: meeting abstracts dating back to 2000; its latest Annual Report; information on its policies and guidelines; and Neuroscience in the News. There are unexpected free treasures in the section, History of Neuroscience: a selection of full-text classic neuroscience articles; six volumes of "The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography;" and a large series of Quicktime videos of autobiographical/scientific talks and interviews from eminent neuroscientists made between 1994 and 2008. Also notable is the inclusion of useful resources for non-scientists and educators: the NERVE "Virtual Encycloportal" for K-12 students and their teachers; and consumer information, like "Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System," and a series of Flash videos, "Searching for Answers," on various brain diseases and disorders.

STITCH (Search Tool for Interactions of Chemicals) 3.1: Chemical-Protein Interactions

33. STITCH (Search Tool for Interactions of Chemicals) 3.1: Chemical-Protein Interactions
  • Provider:University of Copenhagen, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Technische Universitat Dresden, Universitat Zurich
  • Keywords: chemicals , proteins , collaborative , international , images
  • Description: "STITCH is a resource to explore known and predicted interactions of chemicals and proteins. Chemicals are linked to other chemicals and proteins by evidence derived from experiments, databases and the literature. STITCH contains interactions for over 74,000 small molecules and over 2.5 million proteins in 630 organisms." Search by single or multiple: name, chemical structure, or protein sequence; qualify by organism. Online Encyclopedia of Western Signs and Ideograms

34. Online Encyclopedia of Western Signs and Ideograms
  • Provider:HME Publishing
  • Keywords: general reference , images , dictionary , encyclopedia , symbols
  • Description: By entering parameters defining key characteristics of a symbol, the user can search for the meaning of a symbol and also link to further information about the symbol's origins and related symbols. To find a symbol that expresses a specific meaning, search by keyword in the on-site Google box, or use the word index provided.

Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center

35. Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center
  • Provider:Texas Heart Institute
  • Keywords: consumer health , images , glossary of terms , cardiology , heart
  • Description: This website is an award-winner and has been highlighted in the Internet Scout Report. Its first focus is on patient and consumer education, but it also links to a page of physician-targeted resources and publications. For the consumer there are questionnaires designed to help the user ascertain their own cardiac health and risk behaviors; for patients, there is an extensive glossary of terms and a detailed section explaining heart conditions and surgical procedures designed to correct them.


36. uScience
  • Provider:Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • Keywords: anatomy , biology , chemistry , education , medicine , open access , physics , physiology , science , student , video , faculty , images
  • Description: uScience is a new pilot repository of classroom-tested and peer-reviewed instructional resources for undergraduate-level science courses, to be focused primarily on human health issues. The uScience site is an expansion of MedEdPORTAL that facilitates faculty experimentation with new instructional strategies. Each resource found in the uScience collection is a complete learning unit, including activities, presentation, data, resources, instructor guide and with some, assessment. Each resource is peer-reviewed for content and instructional effectiveness. The first resources made available include units in cellular and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, evolutionary biology, chemistry and physics.

Wikimedia Commons

37. Wikimedia Commons
  • Provider:Wikimedia
  • Keywords: creative commons , general reference , video , wiki , images
  • Description: A database of nearly 4 million freely usable images and other media files. The majority of those not in the public domain are under Creative Commons or GNU licenses; explanations and guidance are provided. In addition, anyone can contribute images.

World Digital Library

38. World Digital Library

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