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Justin Michael Roman, Charles M Proctor, George N Magrath, Lynn P Perry; Introduction of the Trauma Image Bank. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2014;55(13):5447.
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The trauma image bank provides a free, open access repository of high quality eye trauma images modeled after the American Society of Retinal Surgeons (ASRS) retina image bank. The trauma image bank allows for both the submission and download of images free of charge. Our goal is to create an image gallery that is open access and which serves as the highest quality platform from which ophthalmologists and students can enhance eye trauma education. The website for the trauma image bank is http://oculartrauma.org/imagebank/.
The trauma image bank has been developed in the likeness of the ASRS image bank. Authors can submit high quality images including photographs, radiographs, ultrasounds, OCT’s, fluorescein angiograms, videos and instructional image sequences to be reviewed by our editors for inclusion in the image bank. The images are sorted using the algorithm seen in figure 1. At submission, the authors are asked to provide their names and locations including academic institution affiliations, and to label their images with a caption and possibly a small clinical vignette. Images are then reviewed for inclusion in the trauma image bank by our editorial board. Once approved, the images are available for high resolution and free download utilizing Creative Commons open access licenses available free of charge to anyone interested. All images are de-identified to protect patient confidentiality (HIPAA compliant), and are electronically watermarked to notate copyright.
The trauma image bank has been created and is available at http://oculartrauma.org/imagebank/. We have collected and reviewed approximately 50 images at the time of abstract submission. We will be tracking the number of visitors to the image bank site, as well as the number of times images are downloaded.
The trauma image bank aims to fill a large gap in the online resources available to the ophthalmic community by providing free, high quality eye trauma images for download. Submissions to the image bank are encouraged through the website http://oculartrauma.org/imagebank/.
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