What is the SMART (Scientific & Medical ART) Imagebase?
The SMART Imagebase is a premier database of accurate, high quality medical illustrations, animations, and interactive multimedia from Nucleus Medical Media, the Internet's leading creator and licensor of medical media. The collection contains thousands of proprietary, copyrighted images depicting normal anatomy, physiology, embryology, and histology, as well as the Web's largest repository of reference illustrations depicting surgery, trauma, pathology, diseases and conditions. The SMART Imagebase is a unique, educational resource for students, educators, library patrons, and professionals in healthcare and news media.
What is the difference between the Comprehensive and Standard versions of the SMART Imagebase?
The Comprehensive version of the SMART Imagebase contains all images, animations and interactive multimedia from the Nucleus Medical Media catalog. The Standard version is edited for middle and high school students, excluding graphic or explicit content of surgery, trauma, pathology, and reproductive anatomy. There are over 25,000 items included in the Comprehensive version, and more than 4,200 in the Standard version.
Read what students, educators and others have to say about the medical illustrations and animations found only on the SMART Imagebase.
What's new about the SMART Imagebase?
The following enhancements have been made to the SMART Imagebase:
- Responsive Design: Whether using a laptop, tablet, smartphone or desktop computer, the new responsive design interface scales to fit user's screens.
- Modernized User Interface: The designers have taken cues from the top image and video websites to create a graphically rich, streamlined interface that eliminates clutter and elevates the most commonly used functions such as searching and browsing.
- Enhanced Thumbnails: After performing a search, users will see larger content thumbnails with more information about the content itself such as the title, description, image ID and content type, which can be viewed by hovering, or touching on a mobile screen.
- Larger Content Previews: Seeing the images and animations up close no longer requires a magnify tool because the images have been scaled up by as much as 40% in the content preview. This feature eliminates clicks and helps users navigate to their desired images faster.
How do I find out more about costs and ordering?
For more information about costs and ordering, contact EBSCO Publishing:
10 Estes Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
800-653-2726 (U.S. & Canada)
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 web site 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 web site, or use them for promotion, marketing or sales. For more examples of restrictions, please read the full agreement.
If you are using the web site 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.
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.
What are my long-term usage rights for the images if my organization stops subscribing to the SMART Imagebase?
You are free to use SMART Imagebase images for non-commercial projects such as courseware, training materials, communications, etc., for as long as your organization subscribes to the SMART Imagebase. If your organization no longer subscribes to SMART, and you wish to continue using the images, please contact Nucleus Medical Media as soon as possible to pay for usage rights for continued use of the images. When doing so, please mention you would like to convert a SMART Imagebase license to a private license.
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:
May I print out images for classroom handouts? May I include printed images in course packs?
Yes, you may print out images for classroom handouts or include them as part of print or electronic course packs under the following conditions:
May I email non-watermarked images, animations, or video files?
No, due to copyright infringement rules, non-watermarked images, animations, or video files cannot be emailed. Digitally watermarked images may be emailed to friends, family, and associates.
Can I add my own keywords and tags to the illustrations and animations?
Not at this time. All keywords, tags, and other meta data are created and managed by Nucleus and its partners in order to maintain the accuracy and functionality of the database.
Can I post the illustrations and animations within a learning management system (LMS) such as BlackBoard or Moodle?
Yes, you can use the animations and illustrations within both Blackboard and Moodle software programs. Blackboard and Moodle support .mov, .jpg and .pdf file formats. For more information on usage, please read the full licensing agreement.
What content is included in the SMART Imagebase?
The SMART Imagebase contains over 20,000 content items. The following content types are available in the SMART Imagebase:
- Stock Illustrations
- Medical Charts
- Medical Animations
- Physiology Animations
- Biology Animations
- 360 VR Animations
- Human Body Lesson Plans
- Coloring Book Pages
What are the Monographs in the 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.
Where have I seen these images and animation before?
Nucleus Medical Media is the most popularly referenced resource for medical illustrations and animations on the web based on rankings from Alexa.com, a division of Amazon.com. The company's content is seen online by millions of people daily on clients such as Yahoo!, MSN.com, WebMD, HONmedia, DiscoveryHealth, Healthwise, The Doe Report and hundreds of other web sites, newspapers, broadcasts, books, posters and other media. Cumulatively, commercial clients spend millions of dollars annually to license Nucleus Medical Media's content.
Are the exhibits in SMART Imagebase available in different languages?
The SMART Imagebase 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).
What file formats are the images and animations available in?
Downloadable content is available in the following formats:
- JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group): JPEG files are suitable for use in PowerPoint, 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 available in SD (standard definition resolution).
- M4V (MPEG Video): Narrated animations are downloaded as MPEG video files that can be viewed in standard video players. They are available in SD (standard definition resolution).
How big are the images and animations?
- The JPEG Images are 370 x 540 pixels, or approximately 5 x 7.5 inches.
- The PDF Images are 612 x 792 pixels, or 8.5 x 11 inches.
- The Quicktime™ animations are 240 x 320 pixels.
- The MPEG Videos are available in SD (standard definition resolution).
What are your quality control procedures for insuring medical accuracy?
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. All new content is peer-reviewed by the Nucleus Internal Review Committee. This committee is comprised of highly experienced medical illustrators and animators. Prior to publication, new animations are reviewed by a recognized Medical Subject Expert.
How often is the content updated?
Nucleus uploads new content at least once per week, and sometimes several times per day. After Nucleus uploads and publishes an illustration, animation, monograph, interactive project or other content type, the company will not update the content unless a reviewer or user points out a medical inaccuracy. Updates do not include changes to technology shown in surgical, diagnostic or testing procedures, which Nucleus leaves in its database for study purposes.
Are images and animations ever removed from the database as the technology shown in them, such as surgical instruments or techniques, becomes out of date?
Nucleus does not remove images and animations depicting non-current technology or procedures so that users who are interested in these topics may study them. Because the content is used worldwide, some of the "outdated" technology may still be in current use. This policy also allows comparative study of past and newer technology.
How do I find images and animations in the SMART Imagebase?
To find content in the SMART Imagebase, select a category from the options presented graphically on the home page, or use the search and browse features. By default, searches present results for English content and all content types. You can filter your results by content type and language from the search results page. You can browse for content by selecting content type, medical specialty, body systems and regions, or language options from the browse page.
To search for content in the SMART Imagebase:
- Enter your search term or phrase into the Search box located to the left of the magnifying glass icon at the top of the page, then click the magnifying glass or the enter/return key on your device's keyboard. The SMART Imagebase displays a list of results. Each result includes a graphic representation (thumbnail) of the content item.
- You can filter the search results by content type by selecting the content type drop-down menu located above the search results and selecting a single content type from the options displayed in the expanded menu.
- You can filter the search results by language by selecting the language drop-down menu located above the search results and selecting a single language from the options displayed in the expanded menu.
- NOTE: selecting a language option filters the results displayed for the term searched, it does not search for foreign-language versions of the content displayed in your results.
- NOTE: all searches are in the language selected and displayed in the search results language drop-down menu. For best results, your search terms should be in the same language as the language displayed in the menu.
To browse for content in the SMART Imagebase:
- Click the Browse feature with the eye icon, located to the right of the search feature. The browse page will load with options for each category.
- Click on a single option under one of the following categories: Content Type, Medical Specialties, Body Systems/Regions, or Language. The search results page will load with content matching your selected category.
What can I do if an image I'm looking for does not exist 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.
How do I download non-watermarked content 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 description.
- The SMART Imagebase displays the Choose Download Format page.
- Click the applicable size/format option from the drop-down menu. Click the Usage Agreement link to review the Commercial and Educational Usage Agreement in a separate browser window, then click the Download button.
- The Download Item page appears, which will display a download confirmation icon when the item has successfully downloaded to your computer.
- 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 animation:
- Access the animation that you want to download.
- Click the Download link located below the animation description. 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.
Afterward, follow the directions for accessing the image on your Windows or Macintosh operating system. If you have any difficulty, you may contact EBSCO at:
10 Estes Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
800-653-2726 (U.S. & Canada)
In the SMART Imagebase, what is My Lightbox? How long is it stored?
My Lightbox is a repository where users can create a collection of selected content during a single website session, or if logged in to your My Lightbox account, create and save the collection for later retrieval, or share the collection with others. Use My Lightbox to select and compare illustrations, animations, medical exhibits and other content.
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.
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 button 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.
What are the differences between a paid subscription of the SMART Imagebase via EBSCO and the videos that Nucleus has on YouTube?
The key differences between SMART and the Nucleus YouTube channel are:
- Volume and Frequency of Content: SMART has 24,000 items (including 1,000+ animations) whereas YouTube only has about 500 animations. SMART is the first repository of all new Nucleus content, whereas we only publish about 1 animation per week on YouTube.
- Permissions: The SMART license allows users to legally download and integrate the Nucleus content into course curricula under a rights managed license. Any content downloaded from YouTube in the same manner is done so illegally.
- Advertisements: Nucleus YouTube videos are monetized through advertisements which may appear in the beginning, middle or end of the animations. For people who watch the animations outside of the YouTube Red subscription service, that means all videos they watch or embed will show advertisements.
- Downloading vs Embedding: YouTube users may use the embedding function to create links to YouTube videos that play on other websites. However, Nucleus may disable that feature which puts any course or website that uses this function at risk of broken links. These risks don’t exist if the content is downloaded from SMART and linked directly into the course/password-protected website.
- Integration with EBSCO Discovery Service: Only SMART can be accessed by the EBSCO Discovery Service, which provides additional ability to cross-reference EBSCO products.