The Scientific & Medical ART Imagebase (SMART Imagebase) created by Nucleus Medical Art, provides a comprehensive collection of downloadable medical illustrations and animations. Ideal for students and teachers of anatomy, physiology, biology and other life sciences, the collection contains medical illustrations, animations, and interactive multimedia for 26 body systems/regions and 19 medical specialties.
Q. How can I find images in the SMART Imagebase?
The following content types are available in the SMART Imagebase:
- Stock Illustrations
- Medical Charts
- Medical Animations
You can specify the content type for which to search, or search for all types. Searching for all types is the default setting.
To search for an image / animation in the SMART Imagebase:
Click the magnifying glass icon to the left of the text box to open the Advanced Search options.
Click the All Types drop-down list box in the Advanced Search options area to specify the content type which you want to search.
Enter your search term in the text box and click the Search button. The SMART Imagebase displays a results list. Each result includes a thumbnail of the image.
To browse for an image / animation in the SMART Imagebase:
Click the Body Systems/Regions or Medical Specialties headings in the left-hand column to expand the menu and reveal the browse links for either browse type.
You can also browse by Body System using the icons in the central pane.
Once you are within a content grouping e.g. Cardiovascular System you can refine your search to content type (stock illustration, medical chart or medical animation) using the drop down box on the right hand side.
Q. In what file formats is the SMART Imagebase content available?
The SMART Imagebase content is available in the following file formats:
JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) - JPEG files are suitable for use in PowerPoint, Flash animations, posters, websites and other media. The JPEG images are 370×540 pixels, or approximately 5×7.5 inches.
PDF (Portable Document Format) - PDF files are ideal for printing to be used as handouts. The PDF Images are 612×792 pixels, or 8.5×11 inches.
MOV (QuickTime) - QuickTime files are viewed via Apple Computer's QuickTime player. If you do not have QuickTime installed on your computer, visit https://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ to download a free version of the product. The QuickTime animations are 240×320 pixels.
Q. What are my usage rights for the SMART Imagebase content?
The SMART Imagebase Commercial and Educational Usage Agreement allows for two levels of content usage, depending on what type of organization licenses the product. If you are using the website at, or under the license of, a college, university, school, public library, general corporation, or hospital, you may only use the images for educational, non-commercial projects. You may not publish the images on a public website, or use them for promotion, marketing or sales. For more examples of restrictions, please read the full agreement.
If you are using the website at, or under the license of, a law firm, you may only use the images as demonstrative evidence for pre-trial events and trial. If you are using the website under the license of a news corporation, you may use the image in print, broadcast or web-based news stories. For more examples of restrictions, please read the full agreement.
Q. In the SMART Imagebase, what is My Lightbox? How long stored?
My Lightbox is a repository where users can store images for later retrieval, or share the images with others. Use My Lightbox to select and compare illustrations, animations, medical exhibits and other content. You may invite others to view your My Lightbox items by emailing a link to the contents. My Lightbox allows you to include a message when emailing a link to others.
My Lightbox is separate from My EBSCOhost and any other personalization features available via EBSCO interfaces.
If you create a My Lightbox account and sign in, the items that you save to your Lightbox are stored for one year. Each time a Lightbox is accessed or added to, the 365-day clock starts over. If there is no activity after one year, the Lightbox expires—however all images are still available within SMART Imagebase .
If you add items to My Lightbox but are not signed into a My Lightbox account, the items are saved in the Lightbox on that computer for 30 days. If there is no activity on that computer after 30 days, the Lightbox expires—however all images are still available within SMART Imagebase.
Q. Are the exhibits in SMART Imagebase available in different languages?
The SMART Imagebase now features its most popular images translated into Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog (Filipino).
When viewing images with multiple languages available, below the image you will see the message “This exhibit is also available in these other languages,” with a list of languages.
Click the language of your choice and the labeling on the preview exhibit will change.
Q. Can I customize a SMART Imagebase image?
You can customize the medical chart and stock illustration JPEG or PDF images by using Do-It-Yourself Medical Illustration Labels to add titles, subtitles, captions labels and leader lines to Imagebase images. This allows you to create a high-impact, custom medical exhibit!
To customize a SMART Imagebase image with text labels:
Access the still image that you want to customize.
Click the Download button located below the image. The SMART Imagebase displays the Choose Download Format page.
Choose either the JPEG with Custom Labels or PDF with Custom Labels radio button to select format type and then click the Download button.
Add a Title, Subtitle or Caption:
Specify your custom text in the Title, Subtitle, and Caption text boxes.
Click the Preview button to preview your custom text within the image.
Add a Label, Line or Block of Text:
Click Label, Line or Text on the right to create new text fields on your image.
Click the text field on the image and drag it to the area of the image you would like it to appear.
When a box is active – click the Edit button to modify the Font and Color of the text.
Click the padlock icon next to the Label, Line or Text to fix your field in place.
Click the red cross next to the Label, Line or Text to remove the field from your image
JPEG – Windows: Right-click on the image and select Save picture as..., Download Image to Disk, or similar option. Mac: Drag and drop the image onto your desktop.
PDF - You will be prompted to Open or Save the PDF. Select Open and Adobe Acrobat Reader opens the image within your browser window. Click Save to save the image to your computer.
Q. Can I email SMART Imagebase non-watermarked content?
No, due to copyright infringement rules, non-watermarked images, animations, or video files cannot be emailed.
Digitally watermarked images can be emailed to friends, family, and associates.
Q. How can I download non-watermarked images from the SMART Imagebase?
The instructions for downloading a non-watermarked image vary depending on whether the image is still or animated. Refer to the applicable procedure below for instructions on how to download non-watermarked images.
To download a non-watermarked still image:
Access the still image that you want to download.
Click the Download link located below the image.
The SMART Imagebase displays the Choose Download Format page.
Click the applicable radio button to select format type and then click the Download button.
The Download Item page appears. Click the Usage Agreement link to review the SMART Imagebase Commercial and Educational Usage Agreement.
Do one of the following to view and save the image:
- If you selected a PDF file, you will be prompted to Open or Save the PDF after clicking Download. Select Open and Adobe Acrobat Reader opens the image within your browser window. Click Save to save the image to your computer.
- To view a JPEG file, the browser automatically displays the image. The method via which you save a copy of the file to your computer varies depending on the browser you use. Refer to your browser's online help if you require instructions.
To download a non-watermarked animated image:
Access the animated image that you want to download.
Click the Download link located below the image. The Animation Download page appears.
Click the Usage Agreement link to review the SMART Imagebase Commercial and Educational Usage Agreement.
Select the animation format you would like to download and click Download. You will be prompted to open or save the file. When saving the file to your computer, you may need to double-click the zip file to extract it before viewing.
Q. Can individuals license SMART Imagebase content?
If you do not have access to SMART Imagebase via your institution’s (school, public library, university, etc.) website, you may contact Nucleus Medical Media directly at:
Q. How do I cite an exhibit In SMART Imagebase?
There are three citation styles available in SMART Imagebase: AMA, APA and MLA. It is also possible to display the permalink for an exhibit.
To cite an exhibit in SMART Imagebase:
Navigate to an image you wish to cite.
Click the Cite this exhibit link found below the image description. The image citation information is displayed.
Highlight the AMA style, APA style, or MLA style citation you would like to copy, and utilize your browser's copy and paste feature to copy it into your document.
Q. How is medical accuracy ensured in the SMART Imagebase?
All new content is created by experienced, highly educated medical illustrators/animators who have earned graduate or undergraduate degrees from one of the following schools:
- Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
- Medical College of Georgia
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- University of Toronto
- University of Texas Memorial Research Center
Each institution provides a rigorous core curriculum of anatomy, physiology, histology, embryology, and other life science courses combined with art and visual communications instruction.
Additionally, all new content is peer-reviewed by the Nucleus Internal Review Committee. This committee is comprised of highly experienced medical illustrators and animators. Finally, prior to publication, new content is reviewed by an applicable Medical Subject Expert - either a physician or Ph.D.
Q. What are the Monographs in SMART Imagebase?
Monographs are illustrated articles that provide overviews of health conditions. The information is created from information from the National Institutes of Health and images from the Nucleus Medical Media library.
Q. What can I do if I don't find an image I'm looking for in the SMART Imagebase?
You can submit a request for a new image by contacting Nucleus Medical Art directly. Because the company receives hundreds of requests for new artwork daily, they are only able to honor requests for the most popularly requested subjects.
Q. How do I access SMART Imagebase through my proxy server?
To enable access to SMART Imagebase through your proxy server:
Setup your proxy server to proxy the following domains (III WAM forward table):
If you are using EZproxy, please use the following configuration:
Title SMART Imagebase
## if using trial: URL http://ebsco.smartimagebase.com
If you need additional assistance, contact Technical Support at 800-758-5995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Who can benefit from the SMART Imagebase?
College Students - College students and teachers can use the SMART Imagebase content for educational, non-commercial purposes. Some examples include: research, classroom assignments, test preparation, lectures, web-based courseware, lesson plans, and testing.
Doctors - Doctors, allied health professionals, and hospital graphics department staff can use the SMART Imagebase content for educational, non-commercial purposes. Some examples include: research, patient education, and research presentations.
Public Library Patrons - Public library patrons can use the SMART Imagebase content for educational, non-commercial purposes. Some examples include: research, scholarship, and educating themselves, friends, family, and associates.
High School Students - High school students and teachers can use the SMART Imagebase content for educational, non-commercial purposes. Some examples include: research, classroom assignments, test preparation, lectures, web-based courseware, lesson plans, and testing.
Lawyers - Lawyers, paralegals, legal nurse consultants and other legal professionals working on personal injury or medical malpractice cases can use the SMART Imagebase content for limited commercial purposes. Some examples include: print or electronic demonstrative evidence for research, client conferences, medical expert conferences, depositions, demand letters, settlement conferences, arbitration, mediation, mock trials, focus groups, and trials.
News Media Graphic Designers - News media graphic designers can use the SMART Imagebase content for limited commercial purposes in support of news reports in print, broadcast or on the web.