Medical Images


The purpose of this guide is to provide links to medical image web sites. Check the usage policies for each site before downloading images. Free usage is allowed on some sites for educational purposes, while others require permission or user registration fees. Some web sites permit only links to their site and do not allow downloading of images.

Medical Images

Digital Atlas of Ophthalmology
This database of images drawn from the vast clinical experience of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary specialists and their colleagues around the world. It is intended to serve as a visual reference and educational supplement for ophthalmologists, general physicians, and medical students.

Genetics Graphics Gallery
Graphic Gallery is a series of labeled diagrams with explanations representing the important processes of biotechnology. Each diagram is followed by a summary of information, providing a context for the process illustrated.

Google Image Search
Google’s search engine can be used to search for images on the Internet. Go to Google’s home page www.google.com and click on the image tab. Enter specific search terms to retrieve images.

Hardin MD – Medical Disease Pictures
The University of Iowa’s Hardin Medical Library MD (meta directory) lists free medical images of diseases, conditions, and medical diagrams.

Health Education Assets Library (HEAL)
HEAL is a digital library of teaching materials for health sciences education. HEAL is a searchable and browsable database of over 2,000 digital images, audio clips and video clips covering the areas of dermatology, ObGyn, neuroanatomy, neurology, pathology, biochemistry and cardiology.

HONmedia
This is a unique repository of over 6,800 medical images and videos, pertaining to 1,700 topics and themes. This database has been created manually by Hon and new image links are constantly being added from the worldwide Web.

Images from the History of Medicine
This system provides 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.

MedlinePlus Encyclopedia
The Adam Health Illustrated Encyclopedia includes an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.

Public Health Image Library (PHIL)
Created by a Working Group and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC’s pictures. The content is organized into hierarchical categories of people, places, and science and is presented as single images, image sets and multimedia files. Public health professions, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, and the public may use the material for reference, teaching, presentation and public health messages.

The Visible Human Project
Is a complete anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representation of the normal male and female human bodies.

The Whole Brain Atlas
This atlas of the human brain includes still pictures and movies. Portions of the work may be used for personal and educational purposes provided proper attribution and context are given.

Visuals Online
The National Cancer Institute’s Visuals Online database contains images from the collection of the Communication Services Branch and Mass Media Office of the Office of Communications, National Cancer Institute. Contents include general biomedical and science-related images, cancer-specific scientific and patient care-related images, and portraits of the director and staff at the National Cancer Institute. All images are in the public domain and may be used, linked, or reproduced without permission. If an image is used, credit should be given to the listed source and/or author.

Saving an Image from a Web Site

  • Right click on the image
  • Choose “Save picture as”
  • Choose the drive and directory where you want to save the image.
  • Choose a filename. The default filename may not be particularly descriptive. If you are saving numerous images, pick filenames that are helpful to you. You may also want to set up a folder for your images.

Adding an Image to a PowerPoint Presentation

  • In PowerPoint, with the presentation open, click on the Insert pull-down menu.
  • Choose Picture, and from the menu that appears to the right, select From File.
  • Browse to the location where you saved the image and double-click on it to add it to your presentation.

Copyright Information

Just because you are able to take an image from a Web Page, does not make it legal to do so! Please review each Web site’s Usage Policy and Copyright Information before utilizing their images. Some web sites are free, some are restrictive, some are view only, some require permission to use via e-mail and some require payment for use of images.

Last modified: Oct 11, 2016
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