Diagnostic Medical Imaging Books and Videos

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Browsing the Collection

Use the Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, and streaming media. Use your COD Library card to check these items out or access them online.

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Keyword Searching

An easy way to start searching the Library catalog is to do a keyword search for words that describe your topic. You may need to experiment with keywords to find ones that work for your topic. For complex searches (e.g. scanning modality AND body region) use the advanced search screen (linked underneath the default catalog search screen)

Scanning Modality Connecting Word Body Region
mammog* AND breast
MRI OR magnetic resonance imag* AND abdomen
xray* OR x-ray* OR radiogra* AND chest
PET-CT AND lung
sonogra* OR ultraso* AND superficial
sonogra* OR ultraso* AND abdomen

See the Journals section of this guide for further explanation of the use of parentheses, quotation marks, asterisks * and connecting words. Keyword searching in Journal databases sometimes differs from searching in our COD catalog.

Once you find some items, you can use subject headings to find other items that cover the same topic.

Subject Searching

Try these subjects to browse Diagnostic Medical Imaging resources.

breast radiography radiography, medical
diagnosis, radioscopic tomography
diagnostic imaging tomography emission
diagnostic ultrasonic imaging ultrasonic imaging
magnetic resonance imaging ultrasonics in obstetrics
radiotherapy x rays

Call Number Searching

Another strategy is to search by call number. Health-related materials are shelved in the "R" section of libraries that use the Library of Congress classification system. Diagnostic Medical Imaging books are located in several call number areas. For books dealing with examination & diagnosis (including radiography) look within the call number range RC 71-78.7. A large amount of imaging books are located in the RC78.7 range.

Some imaging books are located in other areas of the "R" section if they deal with specific age groups (ie. pediatric imaging is found in the RJ section and fetal imaging is located in the RG's). Imaging books may also be classified according to specific regions of the body (i.e. head and neck or chest) or by body system (circulatory system or digestive system). Use the Library catalog to locate the call number areas for these types of imaging resources.

Location & Ability to Check Out or Use In-Library

There are several locations for "print" or physical material (videos or software) in the C.O.D. Library.

  • Items that can be checked out and taken home:
    • Circulation Desk Books (kept behind the circulation desk for security) and the General items (located on the Library's upper floor) are available for regular check out or in-Library use.
  • Items that are in-Library use only (but can be scanned or photo-copied):
    • reference collection (located on the main floor of the Library) and Reserves items (the DMI reserves collection is located on a moveable cart at the upper floor reference desk).

Library staff members will be happy to help you find books--just ask!

Reference Materials

Reference materials are well indexed, up-to-date, concise, and highly credible. They provide overviews, definitions, specific information (such as causes & symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, prognosis, etc) or addresses. Types of reference books include: directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, basic health books (describing diseases and conditions), and drug resources. Since you cannot normally take these materials home, remember that you will have to photocopy, or write down the information that you need. Some reference materials are available full text, online via our databases. Below are some examples of the types of reference books found in the C.O.D. reference collection.

Some of these resources are designed for consumers (such as the Johns Hopkins or Mayo Clinic health books), some for health students and consumers (the Gale Encyclopedia series), and some for health professionals (Cecil or Harrison's), so the type and level of information differs to suit each audience. Some reference works are available in Spanish language versions.

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Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary
REF R 121.D73 2012 (Ready Reference--located at our reference desks)

small yellow star.jpgGale Encyclopedia of Medicine
ONLINE ACCESS to Gale Virtual Reference Library*
* This link will allow you to simultaneously search all of the specialized Gale Encyclopedias available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library database

small yellow star.jpgMedScape Reference
An online clinical reference providing in-depth drug & disease information and tools to support clinical decision making. Content is designed for practicing medical professionals and includes diagnostic medical images. Free Registration to MedScape is required. To go straight to an entry in this resource, try Googling the word emedicine and your disease/condition (i.e. emedicine Paget's Disease).

Merriam-Webster Online Medical Dictionary (select medical reference, includes audio pronunciations)

small yellow star.jpgGoldman's Cecil Medicine
REF RC46 .C423 2016

Conn's Current Therapy
REF RM101 .C87

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
REF RC71 .A14

small yellow star.jpgHarrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
REF RC46 .H333 2015

Streaming Health & Medical Videos

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access these video databases from off-campus.

Academic Video Online
A diverse collection of full-length streaming videos. A wide-range of disciplines are included. Most useful is the Health & Health Care collection. Also included in the subscription are full transcripts of each video program that are keyword searchable, easy playlist and clip making functionality, permanent embeddable URLs for easy use in online courses.

Medical Imaging in Video
Medical Imaging in Video gives students and practitioners a clear, direct way to observe highly technical imaging procedures before practicing them in a clinical setting. Available for the first time in one comprehensive online interface, this resource of training videos covers key topics in patient diagnosis and treatment. Key areas of focus include radiography and sonography, radiation therapy, equipment, patient communication, and more. Content comes from the foremost accredited content partners in the field, including Gulfcoast Ultrasound, Lightbox Radiology Technology, and Blue Chip LLC, which ensures all materials are reliable, authoritative, and designed for applied learning.

Nursing Education in Video
Nursing Education in Video is an online collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS.

Rehabilitation Therapy in Video
Rehabilitation Therapy in Video is a collection of video materials for the study of occupational therapy, physical/physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology. The collection allows students and faculty to easily find, cite, and share footage of top clinicians and academics explaining the underlying anatomical and neurological issues in specific patient populations, while demonstrating effective techniques and methods for their treatment.

Sports Medicine And Exercise Science In Video
Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video is the most extensive video collection ever assembled in the areas of fitness and health assessment, disease management, injury treatment, nutrition, medical fitness, sport science, work-site wellness, exercise adherence, and much more.

Remember that additional DVDs, CD-ROMs and health-related multimedia resources can be found by searching the COD Library catalog. Use your COD Library card to check these items out for in-library, home viewing, or online access (depending on availability).

Diagnostic Imaging Reserve Collection

This collection of "Imaging Best Bets" for Sonography, Radiography, Nuclear Medical Technology, and Radiation Therapy student projects is located on a cart at the Upstairs (3rd floor) Reference Desk. These books are examples of general imaging books as well as books on specific imaging modalities (i.e. CT, Ultrasound). Some of the books target specific patient populations (i.e. fetal or pediatric), while other books target specific areas of the body (i.e. head & neck or cardiac). Search for your specific disease or condition in the index located at the back of each text.