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Connection note

For VisualDX Mobile (for iPad/iPhone/Android), users should:

  1.  Launch VisualDX by connecting from the RU Libraries web site and clicking on “Get our free app…” located in the center of the VisualDX home page or “Get VisualDX Mobile,” located in the upper right section of the home page;
  2. Create a personal username/password;
  3. Download the Mobile app from the iTunes Store or Google Play;
  4. Launch the app from your device and sign in, using your username/password.

Browser required

Hardware:  Android phone or tablet
Operating System:  Android 4.1 OS or higher

Hardware: iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad
Operating System:  IOS 9.0 or higher

All devices require 3G/4G or wireless connection.


VisualDX is a differential diagnosis decision support tool, designed to be used at the point-of-care.  It contains peer-reviewed information.  Once a diagnosis has been established, the following information may be retrieved from VisualDX:

  • Synopsis
  • ICD-10 Codes
  • Diagnostic Pearls
  • Differential Diagnosis and Pitfalls
  • Best Tests
  • Management Pearls
  • Therapy
  • References

VisualDX contains a photo image library.  It also has a series of patient information handouts, “Information for Patients,” which can be customized to include photos of either pediatric or adult patients.  The handouts may be printed or sent via e-mail. 

VisualDX is available via computer connected to the Internet, tablet (iPad), or smartphone (iPhone/Android).   The product is fully integrated with both PubMed and UpToDate but it should be noted that the connection is currently only uni-directional; users may connect to PubMed or UpToDate from VisualDX but may not connect to VisualDX directly  from either of the other resources.

iTunes review:

Google Play:


Local campus contacts: (Newark) 973-972-4358 or OR (New Brunswick) 732-235-7604 or

For help using these indexes see: How do I find an article on my topic?

User tools and features

Searchers can begin on the home page of VisualDX and type the chief complain, medication, or other terminology into the differential diagnosis builder.  As further information is entered into the “Additional Findings” text box, the scope of the diagnosis narrows. 

Links on the right side of the page allow the user to change the age or sex of the patient.

Information may be viewed in the form of photos, “sympticon view,” which is a graphical representation/drawing/cartoon, or lists.  Photos and sympticons may be used in other display modalities.

Dates covered

Latest reliable information available per Editorial Board policies.

Updating frequency

Major content updates performed four times per year.  If there are notable factual errors or ground-breaking discoveries, content additions will be expedited. 

Type of coverage

General Internal Medicine, drug information (adverse reactions/interactions).

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