Radiopaedia

Information on stunningly wide-range set of topics and combined imaging studies can be obtained from Radiopaedia.org, which is a collaborative site or wiki for radiologists. The content of site is entirely made up of patient cases which are contributed voluntarily, where each one of it is associated with diagnosis, any queries and discussion regarding the case. Added to this, topic pages for disease classifications, radiographic signs (For instance “cotton wool” appearance of Paget’s disease), radiology physics, radiographic interpretations, recent advances in radiology etc are available in the site. The quality and depth of content varies as most of it is user- contributed but the quickness in availability of information and its breadth made it a remarkable resource for physicians. Dr.Frank Gillard, a physician, first started this site in 2005. It has commercial backing since many entries were incorporated by radiologists and section editors monitor the contributions in respective areas. Now, its next development is the release of iPad and iPhone companion applications. This application in iPad is meant for serving as a tutorial to review cases from respective disciplines. The tagline of iPad applications suits this as it says “Get more cases during rounds, as victory is sweet”.

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Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Head and Neck are the two volumes that are released so far. Over 50 cases are included in musculoskeletal version, which runs tumor, trauma, and gamut of degenerative and metabolic conditions. This MSK version costs about $7.99. Head and neck version, which includes 10cases and a volume of neuro radiology, is going to be released soon.

The description of the application starts as “whatever might be the study type i.e. a 5 minute brushing up or an hour long sit down study, it is an accurate companion to all radiology students”. The cases presented in the site are displayed as thumbnails on the homepage, so that it will be easy to access the case.

The discussions regarding the case and the quality of the images are really excellent. Majority of cases in it do not show up serious defects though some of them can be refined a bit.

The cases in here, are mostly a commonly stumble by trainees and attendees. The perspective of a radiology specialist on this will be interesting.

When talking about improvisation of this application, navigation has to be taken care of. Swiping of pictures do not changes the images and one has to press the buttons in the margin. This is bit annoying for a regular iPad user, as this is a deviation from user interface. Another disadvantage is though questions and answers are given, they are placed separately on static pages and hence reading them is difficult. It would be better if a question is answered immediately below it. On the whole, this application definitely reaches to the expectation of being a nice learning tool for radiology students, radiologist and other imaging specialists.

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