Trial of VisualDX differential diagnosis tool

VisualDx is, as the name suggests, a visual tool to help with differential diagnosis. It contains over 100,000 peer-reviewed images of medical conditions to show the visual presentation of illness.

You can enter some symptoms and patient details (such as gender and age group) to get suggested diagnoses in order of likelihood, or enter medications to find possible adverse drug reactions. You can also search for a condition to find out more about it and see related images.

A number of libraries across the Midlands and East region are trialling this resource to evaluate a possible subscription, and we’d be very grateful for any feedback which can be send to Jason Curtis in the Shrewsbury Health Library ( The trial runs until the end of October.

VisualDx can be accessed on a desktop or via mobile app (available for Android and iOS). When accessing it via the desktop version, select ‘Login with OpenAthens’ and enter your account details. Once you are logged in, you can create a personal account that will enable you to use the mobile app.

The mobile app requires a personal account created whilst logged in on the desktop version with an NHS OpenAthens account.

Want to find out more? We’re running apps and e-resources drop-ins in the Learning Centre at RSH on 8th October between 8.30-1.30 and in the Library, Education Centre, PRH on the 9th October between 1-5.