Integration of digital imaging into emergency medicine education

Acad Emerg Med. 2002 Jan;9(1):93-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2002.tb01174.x.


Medical education has adopted the use of digital photography and other computer technology, which has changed the face of the classroom. Today's presentations couple a computer and digital projection system to create powerful teaching tools. Integration of quality medical images enhances presentations in a way never before possible and at a much lower cost. Changes to presentations can occur rapidly, at a fraction of the cost of slides. However, obtaining quality digital images for presentations is problematic. Services are available on the Internet that offer images for sale, but the cost to obtain images is high. Many institutions of higher learning provide images on the Internet for free, but the quality, number of available images, server capacity, and issues of consent limit the availability of these images. The authors describe their experience in collecting more than 20,000 clinical photographs, and provide examples of their use in emergency medicine education.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / instrumentation
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods*
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Photography / instrumentation
  • Photography / methods
  • Radiology Information Systems
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • United States
  • Video Recording