Quality Medical Images and Sounds

Good Monday morning everyone. I am trying to locate a site/program that provides high quality accurate medical images of the human body as well as diseases. I have a subscription to a photo site, but was wondering if there are other things available that are specific to just the medical field.

Thanks everone...any help provides is greatly appreciated.

13 Replies
Shelly Cook

We have access to the Scientific & Medical ART Imagebase available through Ebsco Host.  Our library coordinates all of our hospital subscriptions to this as well as tons of other reference sites.  If you have this type of resource available, I'd recommed using it - in our organization, it is one of the best kept secrets!  Might be in yours as well.

Timothy August

Melanie Sobie said:

Here are a couple of free resources:

http://www.healcentral.org/index.jsp

http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Graphics.shtml


If I can add, just be careful with the "usa.gov" site.  Some of the images on the government sites are free for use, while others are under copyright by the artist that illustrated them. Terese Winslow is a name that you will see quite a bit, and I actually contacted her for information about using her images.  They are very high-quality, and from what I recall her fees were reasonable, but she does still hold the copyright despite them being available on the government websites.

Melanie Sobie

Timothy August said:

Melanie Sobie said:

Here are a couple of free resources:

http://www.healcentral.org/index.jsp

http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Graphics.shtml


If I can add, just be careful with the "usa.gov" site.  Some of the images on the government sites are free for use, while others are under copyright by the artist that illustrated them. Terese Winslow is a name that you will see quite a bit, and I actually contacted her for information about using her images.  They are very high-quality, and from what I recall her fees were reasonable, but she does still hold the copyright despite them being available on the government websites.


Excellent point - I should have added a disclaimer with the links I posted. Always look for the copyright permission statements when looking at government image galleries. Some are free to use without crediting and some require specific credit to be given. And, as you stated, you might sometimes find something where copyright is retained.

For example, I found three images today I am planning to use and the statement says:

"Images on the Army Web site are cleared for release and are considered in the public domain. Request credit be given as "Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army" and credit to individual photographer whenever possible."

Each photo I downloaded had specific credit information for the photographer so I was able to give proper credit.

Marcel Mihulka

Hi Rhona,

I also work in health care and have found the medical illustration and medical imaging departments to be quite helpful for images. If you have similar departments at your service it is well worth checking out as in most cases the images will already be consented for your health care services use.