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This guide introduces VisualDx and provides tutorials on how to use it for evidence based practice

Introduction to VisualDx

"VisualDx is a decision support and clinical reference tool focused on skin diseases. It allows health professionals to make dermatological differential diagnoses based on patient-specific findings, review medication-induced adverse effects, and search for diagnoses to determine the best management strategy at the point of care" (, 2015).

  • Authoritative, current, peer-reviewed 30,000 images
  • 1300 different diagnoses
  • Differential diagnosis detailed by patient-specific factors
  • Evidence-based clinical tool linked to the resources of UpToDate & PubMed
  • Ease of access through mobile app

Homepage Features

Search By Diagnosis

Searching by diagnosis provides 

  • A synopsis of the condition
  • ICD Codes
  • Related conditions and symptoms to look for
  • Diagnostic pearls
  • Differential diagnosis information
  • The best tests to run
  • Management Pearls
  • Therapy information
  • References
  • Printable patient information handouts
  • Images including diagrams, imaging examples, and skin photographs
  • Links to UpToDate and PubMed

Build a Differential

1. Enter primary complaint in the main search box: 

2. Choose additional findings and edit patient information: 

3. View images to determine diagnosis: 

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