Diagnostic Medical Imaging Journals


Locating Online Journal Articles

The Library provides access to many online article databases that will help you locate journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. You can search by keyword, subject, author and title.

Databases are organized collections of information that you can search by a variety of fields, like title, author's name, subject or keyword. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our databases are free for you to use. You can browse the library's databases here: Article Databases by Subject

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Newspaper Databases
Includes Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and more

Databases by Subject
Choose an database according to your subject of interest.

  • Begin your research in the Health and Medicine Databases
    What databases have the most imaging journals?
    • Each database contains different resources (journals, e-books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, etc.)--Run your search in several databases. Read the database descriptions to locate databases most relevant to your search.
    • "Best Bet" Databases include: Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, Science Direct or Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition (see "Best Bet" database descriptions below)
    • The journal Radiologic Technology is available full-text (PDF) online from 1981 to the present via CINAHL
    • Pay attention to online journal article embargos
    • Some journals are ONLY available in print—the Library has photocopiers and flatbed scanners (scanners are on the first floor)

    "Best Bet" Imaging Databases

    Academic Search Complete
    Academic Search Complete contains indexing and full text for 9,100 journals. 7,100 of these journals are peer-reviewed scholarly titles. This collection provides both popular and scholarly journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies.

    Care Notes
    Care Notes helps medical professionals educate patients and their families about certain conditions. Contains 2500 English and 2500 Spanish documents that address patient condition, treatment, follow-up care, psychosocial issues, continuing health, and the most frequently administered drugs.

    The online version of Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, CINAHL Complete covers nursing, allied health, biomedical and consumer health journals, publications of the American Nursing Association, and the National League for Nursing. It now includes the CINAHL Thesaurus and full text of over 1,300 important nursing and clinical journals as well as over 130 Evidence-based Care Sheets; nearly 170 Quick Lessons providing Overviews of Disease and Conditions; 170 Continuing Education Modules; and full text for 360 Research Instrument Records.

    Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    GVRL is a collection of online reference books on a variety of topics including Business, History, Literature, Medicine, Social Science, Technology and many more.
    individual entries from these resources can be printed and emailed.

    Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
    This resource provides 600 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong. In addition, this database includes the Clinical Pharmacology database, providing access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new drugs.

    MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 900 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

    MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series
    Provides full-text information supporting clinical care decisions including: drug monographs and evaluations (including contrast media), drug dosages and interactions, drug product identification, reproductive risks, toxicity management, alternative medicine/herbal preparations information, acute/emergency care guidelines, drug, disease and condition information for patients, laboratory test information, dosage calculators, nomograms, and references

    ***Nuclear Medicine Technology Students***
    Access the Journals Of The Society Of Nuclear Medicine online index for the Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology . The print journals are available in the COD Library but are not indexed in any of our other health databases. Your Student Society membership will allow you to access the online content of these journals.

    Science Direct
    **Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu**
    Indexing and full-text of 175 journals in science, chemistry, earth science, biology and other related disciplines.

    Browse all COD Library Health and Medicine databases

    Database (and Library catalog) Advanced Search Tips

    • Use the features of the database (print, navigation) before using your browser's back or print buttons
    • For keyword searching, use the advanced search feature so that you can use multiple terms and set limits (date range, peer-reviewed, full text, etc)
    • Remember that databases require you to spell correctly
    • To limit your search results to journals with editorial boards (or some type of review process by health professionals) look under the “limit” section of the initial search page. Select the option to limit to peer reviewed (some databases also call them refereed publications). Refereed publications and peer reviewed are synonyms for board-reviewed or scholarly journals. Don’t forget to set your date limits too!
    • When creating your search strategy, take a moment to write down your key words and any synonyms (alternative words meaning the same thing) that might be used. Also think about how you connect your key words together.
      • Connect different concepts with the word AND indicating that you want both concepts to appear in each retrieved article.
      • Connect variations (different words could be used for the same thing) with OR indicating that at least one variation should occur in the articles retrieved.
      • Put parentheses around actions that you want to be done first (just like you may have done in an algebra class).
      • Here are some examples of synonyms and “nesting” (using parentheses):
      • (cystic hygroma OR lymphangioma OR macrocystic lymphatic malformation )
      • (ultraso* OR sonogra* OR diag* imag*)
      • Put the key concepts together like this example:
        (cystic hygroma OR lymphangioma OR macrocystic lymphatic malformation ) AND (ultraso* OR sonogr* OR diag* imag*)
    • capitalize connecting words (AND, OR) to let the database know that you are giving a command not just listing a word to be found
    • Use an asterisk (*) to find all possible endings. For example, imag* finds image, images, imagery, imaging

Diagnostic Medical Imaging Books and Videos


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
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.

small yellow star.jpgReference Best Bets

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.

Locating Diagnostic Medical Images


Image Search Tips

There are many places to find images. The key (and more dificult task) is to locate a high-quality image that will clearly display normal and abnormal pathology. Many electronic sources utilize lower quality images because they have smaller file sizes and load faster in browsers. While great for fast-loads, these lower quality images are poor choices for imaging educational projects and health science students/professionals. Diagnostic Medical Imaging-specific textbooks, journals and Websites are excellent resources because they publish high quality images designed to meet the educational needs of healthcare imaging professionals.

Places to find quality images:

  • scans from books and journals (flatbed & book scanners are available in the Library)
    • Utilize the Imaging Reserves Collection and books in the General collection
  • Use the "Best Bet" Imaging Websites linked from this research guide
  • Google or Bing--> images --> disease/condition i.e. fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva
    • Narrow by adding diagnosis or treatment or imaging modality such as x-ray, MRI

**Make certain the images that you find are HUMANS not animals***

DO NOT save or download thumbnails, pull up the full size image then right click and save. Thumbnails are low-quality replications of original pictures.

Remember to collect all citation information before navigating away from a Web site site (see COD Citing Sources Page for image citation examples) NoodleBib does not have a good template for image citations!

Diagnostic Imaging Websites

thumb_xray_abdomen.JPGBelow are some helpful "Best Bet" Diagnostic Medical Imaging Websites. The College of DuPage and the COD Library do not create or control any of these resources, and they will not be held responsible for misuse of information or any adverse effects of recommendations stated in these resources. Health Information should always be discussed with your health care provider, who can interpret it for you and apply it to your individual case.

In addition to Google or Bing, try searching these credible medical imaging websites: is a comprehensive community Internet site for radiologists and medical imaging professionals. It contains the latest imaging news, cases, forums, and CME opportunities. (Wondering what an "Aunt Minnie" is?" Click here to find out!)


HONmedia is a repository of over 6,800 medical images and videos. Rather than holding the images itself, the HONmedia database contains links to images hosted on sites around the world.

Provides access to 900+ health topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, preformulated PubMed searches, lists of hospitals and physicians, health and information in Spanish and other languages. Includes listings of diseases & conditions by body system

A free online Medical Image Database and Radiology Portal, provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that is a cross-platform database integrating images and textual information. Content is organized by disease location (organ system), pathology category, patient profiles, and by image classification and caption.

MedScape 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 avoid registering and go straight to an entry in this resource, try Googling the word emedicine and your disease/condition (i.e. emedicine teratoma).

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Credible, current patient and health care professional level cancer information provided by the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

small yellow is an extensive digital library of radiology education resources including online textbooks, association and society links, anatomical atlases, radiology journals, podcasts and more!

Reviewed Radiology Links

A select list of sites arranged by categories, each category contains a list of sites with brief descriptions

Shadow Pictures
A radiology database that includes 1038 individual cases and 270 discussion or teaching documents. All documents have been produced by Ian Maddison, a Radiologist. There are rich cross-links between documents so that readers may decide for themselves the relevance of any listed differential diagnosis
Contains the teaching files from the ultrasound department of Gelderse Vallei Hospital. Many cases are correlated with the clinical information, endoscopy results, surgical findings and pathological reports.

The Whole Brain Atlas
Images and videos from the brain

Diagnostic Medical Imaging Guide


This guide is a starting point for locating Diagnostic Medical Imaging books, videos, journal articles, CEUs, images and credible websites.
The menu on the right will help you research, locate, evaluate and cite resources.

Ask Your Health Science Librarian

Do you need help finding information on a specific topic? In addition to using our face-to-face, online and phone Ask A Librarian options, you may call or email me to set up an appointment or to explain what you need (I can often help you via email). Please remember that while I can assist you in finding information and can educate you about locating and citing quality health resources, I cannot diagnose or recommend treatment for specific conditions or diseases. I also cannot interpret assignments--ask your instructor! I will always refer specific medical and assignment-related questions back to your health care provider or instructor. Your questions will be kept in confidence and your privacy will be respected.

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