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Social media for radiologists: an introduction

Overview of attention for article published in Insights Into Imaging, September 2015
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1 Facebook page


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Social media for radiologists: an introduction
Published in
Insights Into Imaging, September 2015
DOI 10.1007/s13244-015-0430-0
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Erik R. Ranschaert, P. M. A. van Ooijen, Simon Lee, Osman Ratib, P. M. Parizel


Social media, which can be defined as dynamic and interactive online communication forums, are becoming increasingly popular, not only for the general public but also for radiologists. In addition to assisting radiologists in finding useful profession-related information and interactive educational material in all kinds of formats, they can also contribute towards improving communication with peers, clinicians, and patients. The growing use of social networking in healthcare also has an impact on the visibility and engagement of radiologists in the online virtual community. Although many radiologists are already using social media, a large number of our colleagues are still unaware of the wide spectrum of useful information and interaction available via social media and of the added value these platforms can bring to daily practice. For many, the risk of mixing professional and private data by using social media creates a feeling of insecurity, which still keeps radiologists from using them. In this overview we aim to provide information on the potential benefits, challenges, and inherent risks of social media for radiologists. We will provide a summary of the different types of social media that can be of value for radiologists, including useful tips on how to use them safely and efficiently. • Online social networking enhances communication and collaboration between peers • Social media facilitate access to educational and scientific information • Recommendations and guidelines from policymakers and professional organisations are needed • Applications are desired for efficient and secure exchange of medical images in social media.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
Germany 1 2%
Unknown 64 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 12 18%
Researcher 10 15%
Student > Postgraduate 9 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 8%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 6%
Other 14 21%
Unknown 12 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 24 36%
Computer Science 6 9%
Business, Management and Accounting 4 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 3%
Other 11 17%
Unknown 16 24%

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