McGoogan News

3D printing comes to the library

3D rendering of a skeletal hand.

3D rendering of a skeletal hand.

By Tom Gensichen

3D printing is a rapidly expanding technology area and the McGoogan Library will soon join the growing number of public and academic libraries that have installed 3D printing areas in their facilities. The 3D printer renders a physical object from a digital model by the process of fused filament fabrication.  Plastic filament is fed through a heated nozzle that the computer moves, building layer upon layer from the base of the item upwards.  The McGoogan Makerspace, located on the 6th floor of the library near the main entrance, will open the end of March.  The space will be featured as part of a larger Innovation Open House at the Library on March 31 from 2:00-4:00 pm.

The Makerspace will be the home of a MakerBot Replicator, 5th Generation 3D Printer, a MakerBot Digitizer for scanning objects to be printed on the 3D printer and a workstation for creating 3D objects using 3D imaging software including MeshLab, NetFabb Basic, MakerBot MakerWare and MakerBot Desktop. UNMC students, faculty and staff will be able to submit objects to be printed on the 3D printer either through an online form or by bringing in a flash drive.  Through September 2015 there will be no charge for printing an object.  UNMC students, faculty and staff will be able to schedule time on the 3D workstation to create or refine objects they would like to print.  All 3D printing will be handled by library staff.

For more information including the 3D Printing Policy and FAQ, please visit the 3D Printing@McGoogan Library page.

To submit an object for printing, please use the 3D Printing Request Form.

Reserve the 3D Workstation and Digitizer.

View some of the objects already printed on our 3D printer.

Reasons to study in the library

Anatomical resources, such as models, skeletons, and charts, are available.

Anatomical resources, such as models, skeletons, and charts, are available.

By Dawn Wilson

  • We have librarians on-duty all day to help you with your research.
  • We have coffee, and you don’t have to make it.
  • We have individual study rooms so you won’t be interrupted.
  • You can’t do your laundry (and procrastinate) here.
  • You don’t have to clean our bathrooms.
  • We have review books and ExamMaster to help you study.
  • You can plug in your phone at our charging station and leave it so no one can interrupt you.
  • We have computers and access to your free printing through the ITS lab.
  • You don’t have to take out the trash.
  • There’s a cafeteria, snack shop, and vending machines nearby so you don’t have to cook—or do dishes.
  • Your roommate doesn’t appreciate you using him to find out what the hip bone is connected to.
  • We have over a dozen types of chairs to suit your mood.
  • We have most of your textbooks already here.

Resource spotlight: VisualDX

By Teri Hartman

VisualDX is a clinical decision support tool that merges medical images with disease information that can be searched by symptoms, visual clues, diagnosis, or medication. This resource includes over 1300 diagnoses, and over 3000 images, with information updated quarterly. Access VisualDX through the McGoogan website or Nebraska Medicine library portal, through the UpToDate resource, or via the VisualDX mobile app.

When beginning a search, enter a keyword and limit to Dx, Rx, or F for patient Finding, or simply search for the term. Example: search for Tylenol as a keyword.

The results include images of matching diagnoses, and the differential builder where findings can be added or removed. Emergencies are designated with a [E] in the title. Each diagnosis includes citations that link to open-access PubMed.

Each diagnosis includes applicable ICD 9 and ICD 10 codes, diagnostic and management pearls, differential diagnosis and pitfalls, best tests, recommended therapy, associated medications and findings, and links to dark skin images

Starting with the Differential Diagnosis button on the resource homepage connects to the clinical scenario page. In addition to pediatric and adult lesions and rashes, choices include pressure ulcer staging, child abuse recognition (this includes cultural practices that might be mistaken for abuse), marine exposures, pulmonary infection (with CT and x-ray images), and cellulitis DDx.

Topic pages can be shared by email with colleagues, even if they don’t subscribe to VisualDX. In order to serve health professionals treating disease outbreaks around the world, the company has created an open access Global Disease resource.

VisualDX is integrated into UpToDate search results. Searching UpToDate for a condition that has images included in VisualDX will include a link to images in the results.

The mobile version of VisualDX requires a free registered account. After creating the account, download the app at either Google Play or the iTunes App store, and install using the registered account id and password. An Internet connection is not required to use the mobile version of VisualDX. The mobile account must be validated once a year by logging in from an on-campus computer. Note: the mobile app does not integrate with UpToDate.

VisualDX image may also be used for educational purposes. Please see the usage guidelines.


New books in the collection

  • Anatomic pathology: board review [edited by]Jay H. Lefkowitch. QZ 18.2 An16 2015
  • Bipolar disorder: a guide for patients and families Francis Mark Mondimore, M.D. WM 207 M745b 2014
  • Clinical pathology: board review [editors,] Steven L. Spitalnik, Suzanne A. Arinsburg, Jeffrey S. Jhang. QZ 18.2 C615 2015
  • Dermatology: a pictorial review editor, Asra Ali. WR 18.2 D4345 2015
  • First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2015 [a student-to-student guide] Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan, Matthew Sochat, Patrick Sylvester, Michael Mehlman, Kimberly Kallianos. W 18.2 F575 2015
  • Jewish medical resistance in the Holocaust edited by Michael A. Grodin. WZ 80.5 J3 2014
  • Master the boards USMLE step 3 Conrad Fischer, MD and Sonia Reichert, MD. W 18.2 F5291 2015
  • Molecular biology of the cell Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, David Morgan, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter ; with problems by John Wilson, Tim Hunt. QH 581.2 M718 2015
  • PHTLS: prehospital trauma life support Prehospital Trauma Life Support Committee of The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians in cooperation with the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons WO 700 P578 2015
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation board review edited by Sara J. Cuccurullo, MD ; associate editor, Joseph Lee, MD. WB 18.2 P578 2015
  • Saunders Q&A review for the NCLEX-RN examination. Linda Anne Silvestri. WY 18.2 S587sq 2015
  • Users’ guides to the medical literature: a manual for evidence-based clinical practice [edited by] Gordon Guyatt, Drummond Rennie, Maureen O. Meade, Deborah J. Cook. WB 102 U84 2015