Resources for Finding Biomedical Images

This guide provides links to medical image Web sites. Please check the usage policies for each site before downloading any images. Free usage of images is allowed on some sites for educational purposes, while others require that you ask permission or register before using the images.

Please note: Images obtained from other web sites cannot be used on InfoScope nor on MCW public web pages unless explicit permission is obtained from the source. For example, it would be violation of copyright to download an image from Google Images and upload it onto an MCW department web page without also obtaining permission.

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Resources from MCW Libraries

All resources are available on All E-Resources web page. Electronic books are excellent sources for quality images!

AccessEmergency Medicine, AccessMedicine, AccessPediatrics, AccessSurgery - Images from textbooks are available on the Images tab.
ClinicalKey – Includes a large collection of searchable images from textbooks. Look for “Multimedia” on the top blue navigation menu.
STAT!Ref – Collection of images from textbooks. Go to “Advanced Search” to search only images.
VisualDx - a unique mobile and desktop application for diagnostic accuracy, patient engagement, and medical education. Features more than 25,000 medical images that may be used in presentations. Guidelines for using images in educational and non-commercial settings are available.

Electronic Journals – Some journals have images available from published articles that are searchable. Check the journal to see if images are searchable. The following journals have images (please visit the E-Journals List for a full list of journal links):

NEJM – Original articles are available as PowerPoint slides. This not part of our institutional MCW subscription. If you want to download the slides, you must pay NEJM.
BMJ – Images in articles are available in PowerPoint for teaching.
JAMA- Download figures and tables with captions and logos onto PowerPoint slides (download slides from full text article view) for teaching.

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