10 great Web 2.0 tools for Diagnostic Imaging Professionals February 2, 2008Posted by tomography in Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, web 2.0.
The Internet has grown up to more than just a tool to send and read emails or read daily news. It has become by all means an ever growing source of information, a platform for people to connect, collaborate, share and even edit information. Web 2.0 is a set of free tools that redefine our relationship to information. We are no longer passive readers of the Internet, but we can play an active role in creating its content. The term web 2.0 was originally coined by Tim O’Reilly, and he argues that there is an actual revolution taking place right before our very eyes, but there are others, who say that all those applications that we call web 2.0 are not new, and should not be distinguished from web 1.0, because when the Internet was created at CERN these same ideas were the underlying basis of the work itself. Sir Tim Berners Lee the founder of the World Wide Web belongs to the latter group. If you would like to read more on the subject please read the work of Paul Anderson titled What is Web 2.0? But what is really important for us is that today we can find reliable, quality information faster! And so we have collected a couple useful web 2.0 tools that are sure to ease the daily life of the diagnostic imaging professional. Enjoy!
1. Goldminer is a powerful search engine that can assist you finding clinical images even better than Google Search! You can filter your search by modality, age, and sex. Actually, there was a paper written on Goldminer, that you may find here.
2. Yottalook.com is yet another search engine, but it is a little different from the above mentioned one. Yottalook relies more on Google Search but it optimizes the Google search results with its own algorithms. You can search for images, books, and anatomy or even defenitions of words!
3. You are probably familiar with Flick’r, a popular image sharing site, but it deservs to be on this list. Beyond the professional, high quality pictures that anybody can enjoy, there are some great medical images that are well worth a look. Since all images are tagged, it is very easy to find images by modality, by field, or by anatomical structure. As a great start, check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/clinicalcase/ .
4. Become a mentor for a student in your community, country or even beyond! Join Tiromed.com , one of the largest online medical communities. Its members range from medical students to professionals. Here you will find all sorts of resources including forums, associations, classifieds, job opportunities, and much more.
5. Keep and do all your office work online, and store it on a secure server free of charge. Work with documents, spreadsheets, create presentations and than export it onto your HDD. Google documents covers all that, but Zoho.com offers a little bit more. Here you will find tools to edit Wikis, manage email, a calendar, and various business and project tools.
6. RadRounds.com, a social community site (similar to Facebook for example) created by radiologists for radiologists! Find people, job opportunities in your area, share ideas, discuss the latest topics or even tough cases. Membership is restricted, because you have to be a certified radiologist to join, but it is none the less a very useful tool.
7. We all love free stuff, right? What is even better if that which is free also proves to be a great resource. You may find great free online books and writings on Scribd.com free of charge.
8. Sign up for RSS feed! Download a reader such as Feedreader3 or set up your feeds in Google Reader to keep track of information, and have relevant information find you. This way you not only save time, but all your readings will be accessible in one window.
9. Use Firefox add-ons such as PicLens, BlogRovr, Clipmarks, You can use PicLens making stunning slideshows on Flickr, Google Images, Picassa web albums – just to mention some of the most visited sites in theme. BlogRovR is a blog reader’s best friend. Rovr fetches posts from your favorite blogs about anything you’re browsing, and shows you summaries you can open read posts without leaving the web page you were on. Clipmarks lets you clip and share pieces of web pages. Instead of having to bookmark entire pages, our Firefox add-on lets you “clip” the best parts (text, images and video).
10. Download free medical textbooks for personal use and studies. Chances are that these resources are somewhat illicit. Nevertheless, the convenience of being able to search through your favourite textbooks (rather than the tedium of looking through the page of contents and index) is extraordinary. In fact, it completely changes the act of studying! Get them while they’re still available!
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