When I began working at Templeton, a friend advised me, “Radiologists tend to be very visual people — their work is all about images, so they tend to notice visual anomalies more than other people. If you’re giving a lecture, take the time to make your PowerPoint look good. If it’s sloppy, that won’t go unnoticed.”
First of all, a quick digression. If you’re PowerPoint-challenged like I am, here’s something I’ve found helpful in cutting down on the bells and whistles and making presentations that are both simple and memorable: Garr Reynolds’ concept of Presentation Zen.
Secondly, when you need high-quality radiology images, either for diagnosis or for research, where can you find them?
There’s PubMed, of course, which offers a limited image search. This feature isn’t compatible with searches that use limits or advanced features, and even with simple search terms, it doesn’t always appear. But sometimes you can scroll down and look on the right-hand side to find …
… “PMC Images Search”. Bingo! Hover over any image thumbnail to see its caption and source, or click “See more” to get the full scope of results.
Another good image source, with a special focus on radiologists’ needs, is ARRS GoldMiner. Like PubMed, GoldMiner trawls through publications to find relevant images. It responds to both common and scientific search terms (e.g., “kidney stone” and “renal calculi”), and if you know the MeSH term for a topic, that will work just fine too. It also offers filters on imaging modality, age of the patient, and sex of the patient.
As for putting your found images to work, UW Copyright Connection can help you decide if you’re using someone else’s images responsibly.
What other resources do you use for medical images? If you use PubMed or GoldMiner, what features do you wish they had?