DocCheck pictures is a medical archive within DocCheck. The archive contains, among other things, examples of cases, documentation of medical findings, microphotographs, medical imaging methods and schematic representations.

Use DocCheck Pictures in order to organise medical images online, discuss findings with colleagues and present any range of services to patients. The images can be provided with titles, descriptive texts and subject headings. By doing this your images will gain quality and will be searchable to others in medical circles, to students and patients who conduct searches for them. The commentary function offers the possibility to exchange images with patients or interested people in the field of medicine. Interrelated or connected pictures can be assembled as an image series via the Albums Function.

It is preferable that you become familiar with DocCheck Pictures by uploading photos to it and moving them around the site. If, aside from this, you still have questions to ask, please feel free to simply write us an email.

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Using the green “Upload images” button, to the right and above in the website, you can upload one or more images. In order to select several images, hold the “ctrl” down (PC: strg or ctrl, Mac: cmd) while selecting each of the images you wish to use.

Pay attention to the quality and format of the images-they should have no flaws- and it would be most suitable that they be saved in JPG or TIF format, so that they are recognised by our system.

When uploading the images ensure that you have full legal rights to their use, that they harm no third party or that they otherwise do not infringe DocCheck terms of use.

A tip: We are happy to undertake the task of uploading and to help you with its digitalisation and assembly of images-- simply send us the images and video on CD/DVD to:

DocCheck Medical Services GmbH
Attn.: Alexandra Schritz
Vogelsanger Str. 66
50823 Cologne

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When you click on your images, aside from descriptive text and keywords you can also set concrete questions to colleagues (for example varying diagnoses, therapy options, second opinions. etc.).

Particularly interesting, contentious and instructive cases can additionally be passed to other physicians and specialist circles through DocCheck Newsletter, banners and the DocCheck Community.

A tip: The more precisely presented findings are expressed and the more precisely questions are formulated, the quicker a well-founded answer will be received.

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If you wish to use a particular image, in detailed view click of the pictures on the black and white license badge that states the author's rights. You will be taken to an eMail form, with which you send a request to DocCheck and the author of the image. Please add the following information:

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Rights to intellectual property
DocCheck Pictures respect intellectual property and requires its user to behave the same way. DocCheck Pictures reserves the right, pursuant to the terms and conditions and, at its own discretion, to block users who violate the intellectual property of others and to delete user accounts through which infringements of the intellectual property of others have been made.

Copyright Information
Content on Internet sites is available to everyone. This does not necessarily mean that we may use or download such material in any way. Users of web may electronically copy or print pages or excerpts of this content for personal or non-commercial use. Any other use or commercial use, including reproduction, modification, distribution, transmission, republication, display or performance of the content of Internet sites is prohibited.

Violation of your intellectual property rights
If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide an email to the department in charge of copyright affairs with the following information:

  1. an electronic or physical signature of the person who is authorised to act for the owner;
  2. a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  3. a description of where the material is that you believe violates copyright;
  4. Your address, telephone number and email address;
  5. a statement by you that to the best of your knowledge and belief the disputed use is not authorised by the copyright owner, its agent, or by the law;
  6. a sworn statement by you that the above information is true and that you are the copyright owner, or are authorised to act on the behalf, of the copyright holder.

The Department responsible for copyright matters in DocCheck Pictures is the legal department. Our contact information is available here.

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In the text field "Description" you can insert links in the following way:

In this way you are able to link different image series, case examples and documentation on the progression of cases with each other or make reference to websites with further information on the topic.

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Creative Commons ('creative commons', 'commons') is a nonprofit company present on the Internet that publishes several standard licensing agreements , by which authors grant to the public the rights to freely use their works, thus creating free content. Unlike the GPL licenses well-known to the Free Software community, these however are not tailored to a single type of work, but applicable for any whatsoever work which is subject to copyright, such as text, images, music, video clips, etc.. There is also a strong gradation of degrees of freedom: from licenses, which differ little from a total reservation of rights, to licenses that place the work in the public domain- that is, where copyright is waived  as far as is possible (source: Wikipedia).

Regardless of the immediate effects - an unaltered strong protection via copyright concurrent with more precise control over what freedoms are connected with the work - there are several possible reasons for use of CC licenses:

Increase in the dissemination of one's own works: even commercial considerations can speak in favour of CC-licensing: In particular owners, who are usually young, dependent on rapid dissemination of their content, which can be difficult due to a lack of prominence. Publication under a free license has been shown to achieve significantly greater dissemination of created contents, as it can then be found by a targeted search according to its content via certain platforms and search engines.

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