MIDRIB: Medical Images: Digitised Reference Information Bank
as of 24th May 1997
IntroductionImages are essential to Medical practitioners - A picture provides concentrated, accurate information available in no other way. The field of medicine uses a vast quantity and variety of images, such as X-rays, CTRs, ECGs, ultrasound scans, microscopics slides, MR scans and angiograms for example.
Diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions frequently depends on the production and interpretation of images such as those outlined above. Medical and Healthcare professionals need to be familiar with such pictures from an early stage and will use them throughout their careers.
With the trend towards treating patients in the community without hospitalisation, medical students now have reduced contact with patients and can thus only gain exposure to many medical conditions through the use of images.
However, these images are currently hard to find and costly to reproduce. The images ordinarily in use by medical practitioners are stored individually and in their original raw format (i.e. on microscope slides, paper, film, etc.), and normally kept within their own specialised departments.
DescriptionMIDRIB will create, maintain and deliver a comprehensive collection of medical images in digital form. These will be for use in teaching and research, in medical and healthcare faculties of Universities and teaching hospitals. The project will draw together the best of existing collections into a coherent resource within a single point of reference. A number of collections, covering a large proportion of medical and allied disciplines, have already been identified at participating and other sites.
As the project matures, we envisage the resource becoming the natural repository for collections of images, produced by individuals and departments throughout the HE sector. This will be accessible from a single World Wide Web site via the SuperJanet higher-education network. Images will also be made available on CD-ROM.
ParticipantsMIDRIB is located at St George's Hospital Medical School, London and benefits from input from the Wellcome Trust and OMNI.
The Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib) was funded
by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
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