Clinical Decision Support
VisualDx is an award-winning diagnostic clinical decision support system designed to enhance diagnostic accuracy, aid therapeutic decisions, and improve patient safety.
With VisualDx, health care professionals can:
- Access tens of thousands of the world’s best medical images.
- Search thousands of adult and pediatric conditions.
- Build a patient-specific visual differential diagnosis in seconds.
- Share decision-making with patients by providing patient handout material that includes images and disease information.
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Educational Tools and Resources
Free dermatology education resources: Fine-tune your dermatology terminology and test your visual diagnostic skills with this free online tutorial. Five lessons include material in every area of dermatology fundamentals as well as self-paced tests.
Coming Soon: LearnDerm Lecture for Educators
- Five lessons covering every area of the dermatology fundamentals
- Breakdown each lesson into separate lectures
- Quiz and answer functionality
INFORMED: Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection
The INFORMED (Internet Curriculum for Melanoma Early Detection) program was developed to provide a Web-based early detection training program available for widespread use that is grounded in the realities of primary care delivery, and which includes a deep image database.
Part 1 – Rash, Rashes, and the Art of Skin Diagnosis
The word “rash” or “skin rash” is used quite frequently to describe a variety of skin conditions.
Rash is a generic term however and most people use the word rash to mean an eruption of skin lesions that covers areas of skin. In contrast, a single small lesion, like a pimple, mole, tumor, or growth, is not usually called a rash.
Part 2 – Observing the Skin
Disciplined and thorough observation is key to describing the features of a rash accurately.
Understanding and mastering each of the steps in the process is critical to making an accurate diagnosis.
Part 3 – Skin Disease Variation
Some diagnoses can have multiple different features. Common diseases can be difficult for the novice diagnostician when they appear in an unusual location or have a different shape than what is typically found.
Part 4 – Differential Diagnosis of an Unusual Rash
If you can accurately describe a rash and have taken a basic patient history, you are very close to a diagnosis. While the “common lists” can serve as a foundational dermatology curriculum for medical student education and help with common disease diagnosis, arriving at a diagnosis when a patient presents with an unusual rash and a complex medical history can be challenging.
Part 5 – Common and Serious Dermatologic Conditions
Every health care professional should know the 50 essential diagnoses included within the “Top 10” lists below. Melanoma, psoriasis, warts, zoster (shingles), and more are included.