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Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences: Home

This guide is intended to provide information from many types of resources for Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences.

This guide is intended to help you find both print and online medical imaging and radiation sciences resources. This guide is only a starting point for your research, it is not meant to be a comprehensive list of resources. If you need further assistance, please visit the Service Desk in the library or contact your librarian, Robert Robinette, at

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Scholarly and peer reviewed are your "academic" articles. These are the ones that deal directly with research, history, or theory. Most likely, your professor wants you to use these types of articles. These types of articles are written by scholars, experts in the field often associated with a university or an organization. Peer reviewed articles must also be approved by a group of scholars before being published to ensure that the research presented is factual and relevant. Not everyone can get peer reviewed.

Popular magazine articles are usually ones that you read for entertainment. These are usually the type of publications that you find at the grocery store checkout. Chances are if there's a celebrity on the cover, it's a popular magazine.

For a more in-depth look at the differences, please visit our Scholarly Journals guide.

Research Databases

Databases with green All Full Text or partially green Partial Full Text icons offer some level of free, full-text articles. In most cases, you must be affiliated with A-State to view the article or on the A-State campus. Some database offer a "pay-per-view" service where you can buy an article not available for free and have immediate access. If you do not need immediate access to the article, you may also request it through Interlibrary Loan for free. Articles requested through Interlibrary Loan can take 2-5 business days to come in, depending on the lending library. You can also digital scans from our physical collection through Digital Delivery.

To view all our Health Profession databases, click here.

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Finding Books in the Dean B. Ellis Library

All books in the library are arranged by subject using the Library of Congress classification system for call numbers and subject headings. The general call numbers for Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences begin with "R". The basic breakdown is as follows:

QM1 - QM695 - Human anatomy
R855 - R855.5 - Medical technology
R856 - R857 - Biomedical engineering. Electronics. Instrumentation
R895 - R920 - Medical physics. Medical radiology. Nuclear medicine
RA399 - Regulation of medical practice. Evaluation and quality control of medical care. Medical audit
RA960 - RA1000.5 - Medical centers. Hospitals
RC71 - RC78.7 - Examination. Diagnosis including radiography
RM147 - RM180 - Administration of drugs and other therapeutic agents

The numbers that follow these beginning letters relate to the narrower scope of the item, for example: the call number Radiographic Imaging and Exposure (RC78 .F33 2009) is a general book on medical imaging, and Diagnostic Imaging for Physical Therapists (RC78.7.D53 S935 2009) is much more specialized.

Occasionally a totally different call number will appear. This means the item is about more than medical imaging and higher importance was given to the other subject when the call number was assigned.  For example, MRI and CT of the Female Pelvis has a call number of RG107.5.M34 M74 2007 because it has to do more with obstetrics than medical imaging - but that doesn't mean it's not a good book for your topic!


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Medical imaging and radiation sciences cover a wide range of topics. If you're having trouble coming up with a topic, here are some keywords you can use that might help you get started:

  • Case Studies
  • Computers
  • CT Scan
  • Diagnosis
  • Disease
  • Endoscopy
  • Equipment
  • Examination
  • Image Processing
  • Intervention
  • MRI
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Medical Imaging
  • Methods
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Pediatric
  • Procedures
  • Radiation Safety
  • Radiography
  • Radiology
  • Techniques
  • Tomography
  • Ultrasound
  • X-Ray

If you want to combine keywords, use the connector AND between terms:

Children AND "nuclear medicine"

You can learn more about connectors in our Boolean Searching guide.