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Another 10 great Web 2.0 tools for Diagnostic Imaging Professionals February 9, 2008

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Last time we touched on the definition of Web 2.0 and talked a little bit about the way it redefines our relationship to information. But as much as it is about creating and editing virtual information, Web 2.0 is about reviewing and ranking information, therefore it becomes possible to sort out misplaced or even false information through group feedback. Among others, you will find examples to that below, so let’s continue with this great topic and have a look at another 10 free web 2.0 tools that will save you valuable time and help your everyday work. Tomographyblog.com only presents examples that have been tried and tested, thus this presentation is yet another example of Web 2.0 at work!

1. Auntminnie.com is your Radiologist Aunt. “AuntMinnie provides a forum for radiologists, business managers, technologists, members of organized medicine, and industry to meet, transact, research, and collaborate on topics within the field of radiology with the ease and speed that only the Internet can provide. AuntMinnie features the latest news and information about medical imaging.”

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2. Wikis are user created websites, that can be edited by anybody, but posts are double-checked by a small group of people, thereby ensuring that only relevant information appears. Medical Wikis generally focus on one subject; for instance here are Radiology Wiki, or Medical Imaging Wiki.

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3. Radiopedia is a well-known, full featured radiology Wiki where after login you may edit any page of the website. Their mission statement is that anybody can join, anybody can edit and anybody can contribute information. The project is relatively young, it was started in 2005, but so many people have and continue to contribute that the site already has its own encyclopedia, textbook, differential diagnosis sections, and also offers mnemonics, study guide and staging information!

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4. JournalReview is an international interdisciplinary Internet based unbiased forum for review of medical literature. Very much like an on-line journal club, where people reflect on the articles they have read, and provide the NCBI link to it. Since reviewers also include their contact information alongside their essays it is easy to contact them and begin a dialogue about an article.

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5. Biowizard works for scientific information much the same way as Digg.com does for news. A numerical value appears alongside the title of the research paper that goes up by one everytime someone votes on it. Readers may also leave feedback therefore you will know beforehand whether the article is worth reading or not.

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6. Radiology Search is a special search engine that is dedicated to find radiological content. Peer-reviewed contents & websites are included in the search engine, thus shortening the time needed to find relevant information & increasing the specificity of the results.

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7. GoPubMed is not aimed at any special field of medicine, therefore I was hesitating to include it in this list, but the search engine is so powerful that it will surely impress all who try it. I especially found the “What/Who/Where/When” search option useful on the left hand side of the website, because sometimes those are the very first pieces of information one needs while looking for quality information.

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8. Google has given us many great web applications such as Gmail and Google Documents, but for the medical professional these are the most helpful and useful: Google Scholar has the Google Search feel to it, but with this powerful search engine you are sure to find all that interests you in a specific topic. Google Reader is a online RSS reader, so there is no need to open another window to read your daily feed. Google Webalerts emails you the latests updates of your search query as often as you choose. For more useful tools visit Google Labs, and remember that all these tools can be accessed with just one email address!

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9. VideoJug.com appers here rather than Youtube.com because the former’s videos tend to be more professional, hence tomographyblog.com recommends VideoJug. You will find loads of great videos here that you may use in the classroom, during a conference, or you may recommend them to patients for further information. Here are some examples; MRI scan, PET scan, Nuclear Medicine.

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10. And last but not least here is tomographyblog.com;a website that was created for educational and entertainment purposes from the world of radiology and nuclear medicine. Hopefully it will grow up to be more than just another ordinary blog one visits from time to time. We rely on your feedback, so if you have anything to add or if you feel that this list is not complete, please leave us a comment!

- Andras

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