VisualDx is a physician-led organization committed to improving medical decision making, medical education, and research. We provide practical tools, methods, and resources to people and departments passionate about medical imagery. We believe that medical imagery and related case data require the same sort of editorial control and quality as written medical publications. VisualDx is used and viewed millions of times each year. We partner with professionals so their imagery and knowledge can be brought to the point of care and to medical education. Our goal is to have a community of professionals interested in impact.
With 20 years of systematic, thoughtful collecting of professional medical images and associated de-identified case data, VisualDx is making a long-term commitment to protecting and preserving the rich, visual history of dermatology. We are experts in managing medical images and related case data, and doing so with respect to patient confidentiality and the ethics of medical publication. We offer services, resources, and guidance to help you build or improve a professional medical teaching collection.
Getting Involved: Benefits of Working With Us
VisualDx will help you maintain your collection and create a digital environment whereby you or your department can mutually and bidirectionally share teaching images with other departments.
Metadata integrity—employing a lexicon specific to dermatology
Our multiaxial image and case repository matches the language of medicine and healthcare, allowing intuitive retrieval of cases, images, and content. Once scanned, each image is tagged with searchable terms (diagnosis, skin type, body location, and lesion type).
An Ongoing Commitment to Equity in Medicine
VisualDx has been improving diagnosis in skin of color for more than 20 years. Join us and many of the world’s leading health systems and universities as we reduce bias and disparities in medical knowledge.
Going Digital Takes Know-How
Successfully digitizing a photographic collection requires sophisticated scanning equipment, highly skilled operators, and an efficient, thoughtful workflow. VisualDx imaging specialists are highly knowledgeable and experienced in clinical image-making and are familiar with the special nature of skin disease, subtle variation, and morphology. Each image is carefully evaluated and optimized after scanning to restore the original intent and maintain consistent overall quality.
Our Process—Restoring and Preserving Valuable Clinical Information
Deterioration undermines the accuracy of a medical image by detracting from or obscuring visual information. Virtually all image-based image collections have suffered some form of loss. The most common factors and accelerants of deterioration are improper non-archival storage materials, careless handling, and unstable environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, and light exposure).
Using Images from VisualDx
Medical images play an important role in educating students, residents, and even seasoned providers. The VisualDx image library and dark skin atlas has been developed through partnerships with exceptional learning institutions and providers. These contributors strongly believe in the importance of images to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in medicine. VisualDx shares this belief. In support of shared learning, please see our guidelines for the use of images and Sympticons™ in educational and non-commercial settings.