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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.

 

Resource spotlight: Ebooks

The McGoogan Library owns or provides access to a growing collection of ebooks in the health sciences. In most cases, the library will not purchase the print version of books for which we have electronic access.  We offer many ways of using and viewing our ebooks.  If you know the title, ISBN, publisher, or vendor of an ebook, you can search for it directly in our Ebook A-Z list.

Ebooks are generally only available via the web interface, not devices such as Kindles. Some publishers and vendors do provide specific apps for viewing content from a mobile device. You can view a table of these options and more from our ebook library guide.

Access to PDFs also vary and sometimes require a personal logon, such as in the case of Clinical Key. If you have any questions or have problem with our ebooks please contact the AskUs desk at 402-559-6221 or askus@unmc.edu.

First Consult now available only via Clinical Key

The library had previously been able to offer First Consult through two platforms. Now with the original platform discontinuing, First Consult will now only be available via Clinical Key. Please note that the Clinical Key version of First Consult does not include the original differential diagnosis tool. As an alternative, try the DDx tool in AccessMedicine under the Quick Reference tab.

The First Consult app will still be available and accessible via a free Clinical Key personal account.

Trial: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database

A trial of the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is being conducted until January 1. The evidence-based database contains monographs on natural medicines. as well as a natural product/drug interactions checker, nutrient depletion checker, natural product effectiveness checker, and product rankings.

Please send all comments on the database to Cindy Schmidt at cmschmidt@unmc.edu.

 

Resource spotlight: PsychiatryOnline

PsychiatryOnline is a comprehensive resource containing multiple sources of information on mental health, including books and journals.

Its flagship resource is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is easily searched or browsed. Accompanying DSM texts, the Handbook of Differential Diagnosis and Clinical Cases, are also available.

In addition to the DSM library are textbooks such as The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry and Textbook of Psychopharmacology, Clinical Manual of Geriatric Psychiatry, Dulcan’s Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Integrated Care: Working at the Interface of Primary Care and Behavioral Health, and Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury. Important journals, such as the American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services are also available.

One does not need to know which resource to start with when using PsychiatryOnline. An quick search allows you to find the right information, whether in the DSM, a book, or journal.

PsychiatryOnline is linked in the Clinical Resources on the library’s homepage and is available to all UNMC faculty, staff, and students.