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OpenI and MedPix: free clinical education resources from NLM

Posted by on January 16th, 2018 Posted in: Blog, News


NNLM staff recently had an internal presentation on some resources built by Lister Hill Center for Biomedical Communications – the research arm of the National Library of Medicine. They have built some amazing tools for clinical education and medical images that are for free to anyone with an internet connection.

Open-i 

Open-i is an Open Access Biomedical Image Search Engine

Open-i is an open access biomedical image search engine

What it is: Open access biomedical search engine, 3.7+ million images from over 1.2 million PubMed Central® articles; 7,470 chest x-rays with 3,955 radiology reports; 67,517 images from NLM History of Medicine collection; and 2,064 orthopedic illustrations, plus MedPix (see below).

Cool Features:  Query by Image allows users to drag and drop an image to find similar photos. An “enriched citation” view summarizes key points of abstract and links out to more information. Limit search by License Type is great for users looking for images to reuse for teaching or publishing.

Bottom line: A great tool for students who need practice interpreting x-rays and lab results and faculty seeking images for various purposes.

MedPix

MedPix is an open-access online database of medical images, teaching cases, and clinical topics

MedPix allows users to toggle quiz and clinical case information on and off for study purposes. 

What it is: Open-access online database of medical images, teaching cases, and clinical topics, integrating images and textual metadata including over 12,000 patient case scenarios, 9,000 topics, and 59,000 images.

Cool Features: Toggle quiz information on/off. Earn free AMA Category 1 CME credit with each completed case. Faculty can submit cases of their own using a simple tool. Multiple search options include by symptom, diagnosis, organ system, keywords and more.

Bottom line: One of the world’s largest open-access teaching files – a must-see study aid for any student of clinical medicine in a radiology rotation.

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