Radiopaedia

Radiopaedia
Radiopaedia org logo small.jpg
Type of site
Wiki
Available inEnglish
OwnerRadiopaedia Australia Pty Ltd
EditorAssociate Professor Frank Gaillard
URLhttp://radiopaedia.org/
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional (required to edit)
LaunchedDecember 2005
Current status15,037 articles with 41,992 cases (as of April 2021)

Radiopaedia is a wiki-based international collaborative educational web resource containing a radiology encyclopedia and imaging case repository.[1] It is currently the largest freely available radiology related resource in the world with more than 41,000 patient cases and over 15,000 reference articles on radiology-related topics. The open edit nature of articles allows radiologists, radiology trainees, radiographers, sonographers, and other healthcare professionals interested in medical imaging to refine most content through time. An editorial board peer reviews all contributions.[2]

Background[edit]

Radiopaedia was started as a past-time project to store radiology notes and cases online by the Australian neuroradiologist Associate Professor Frank Gaillard in December 2005. He later became passionate in building the website and decided to release it on the web, advocating free dissemination of knowledge.[3][4]

The domain name for radiopedia.org was registered on 11 January 2007.[5]

The Radiopaedia.org platform and text content are owned by Radiopaedia Australia Pty Ltd, a privately held company for which Gaillard is the chief executive officer.[6] One of its investors is Investling and its revenue derives from ads, courses, and paid supporters.[7][8] For image content, contributors reserve some rights and license the content to Radiopaedia and its users under a Creative Commons license.[6]

The site was initially programmed using MediaWiki, the same program platform as Wikipedia, but now runs on a bespoke code written by TrikeApps.[9]

In 2010, almost all of the article and image collection from radswiki (a similar wiki-based radiology educational site) was donated to Radiopaedia.[10]

Its article content is currently limited to English.

Purpose[edit]

Radiopaedia’s mission is "to create the best radiology reference the world has ever seen and to make it available for free, for ever, for all."[11] Its intention is to benefit the radiology community and wider society and it relies on benevolent collaborations from radiologists and others with an interest in medical imaging.

Similarly to Wikipedia, registered users of the site are allowed to freely add and edit the majority of the content. This allows content to be progressively upgraded over years and for radiologists and society, in general, to continuously refine article content through time. The site also allows registered users to maintain their own personal case library of teaching cases.[12] Rather than individually publishing articles, users are encouraged to integrate content with links to cases and journal articles and collaboratively refine content.[13] In an attempt to reduce vandalism and to peer-review content, an editorial board moderates changes to ensure that the presented material is as accurate and relevant as possible.[14] As with similar open edit sites, unreliability of content has been a concern;[citation needed] however, despite its open edit nature, it is ranked relatively high among user reviews.[15] [16]

A survey done in 2020 shows that 90% of on-call radiology trainees in the United States are using Radiopedia and StatDx as the first and second line options to help them during their work.[17]

Sub sites[edit]

Radiopaedia also maintains several other educational subsites which include

  • Radiology Signs - a tumblr feed with selected signs
  • Radiology Channel - a YouTube channel containing educational videos

Editorial team[edit]

The editorial team, develop as well as help users to maintain the high-quality content of the website.[14]

The current editorial board (2021) is composed of individuals from a variety of countries and includes:[18]

Editor in chief

  • Frank Gaillard

Academic director

  • Andrew Dixon

Community director

  • Jeremy Jones

Editorial director

  • Henry Knipe

Managing editors

  • Daniel J Bell
  • Ian Bickle
  • Andrew Murphy

iPhone, iPad and iOS apps[edit]

In 2009, the first Radiopaedia iPhone app was released. These teaching files package cases and articles for users to review and have sample questions and answers.[19]

  • Brain
  • Gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Paediatrics
  • Chest
  • Head and Neck

These have been released in two forms:[20]

  • LITE : 10 full cases
  • FULL : 50–80 cases; the initial 50 have been supplemented in some cases.

Teaching files for the iPad were released in mid-2010. The first of its kind. These have currently been released for

  • Brain
  • Head and Neck
  • Musculoskeletal

In 2012, Radiopaedia released a new version of its iOS application which is a universal app with in-app purchases for case packs.[citation needed]

Copyright[edit]

Most of the content is shared under a Creative Commons non-commercial license.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Radiopaedia.org, the wiki-based collaborative Radiology resource". Radiopaedia.org. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  2. ^ "General overview of Radiopaedia.org". Radiopaedia.org. Retrieved 2021-01-01.
  3. ^ "Frank Gaillard". Radiopedia.org. Archived from the original on 26 June 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Leaders in Medical Education - Dr. Frank Gaillard, Radiopaedia". Osmosis.org. Archived from the original on 2 August 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Radiopedia.org domain name information". whois. 22 July 2022. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Terms of Use". Radiopaedia.org. Retrieved 2021-01-01.
  7. ^ "Our Businesses". Investling.com. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  8. ^ "Become a Supporter". Radiopaedia.org.
  9. ^ Jones, Jeremy. "Editor-in-chief | Radiology Reference Article | Radiopaedia.org". Radiopaedia.org. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  10. ^ "Radswiki.net". Radiopaedia.org. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  11. ^ "About Radiopaedia.org". Radiopaedia.org. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  12. ^ Jones, Jeremy. "Cases | Radiology Reference Article | Radiopaedia.org". Radiopaedia.org. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  13. ^ Gaillard, Frank. "Articles | Radiology Reference Article | Radiopaedia.org". Radiopaedia.org. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  14. ^ a b Jones, Jeremy. "Editorial team | Radiology Reference Article | Radiopaedia.org". Radiopaedia.org. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  15. ^ Talanow, Roland. "Learning Radiology :: Radiology learning resources in the Internet". Elearning-radiology.com. Archived from the original on 2010-12-08.
  16. ^ "10 Best Radiology Websites". Topsite.com.
  17. ^ Derakhshani A, Ding J, Vijayasarathi A (September 2021). "On-call radiology 2020: Where trainees look for help in a high stakes and time sensitive environment". Clinical Imaging. 77: 219–223. doi:10.1016/j.clinimag.2021.05.003. PMID 33992883.
  18. ^ "Board of editors". Radiopedia. Archived from the original on 5 April 2022. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  19. ^ "Radiopaedia MSK iPhone app « A radiology geek's blog". Archived from the original on 2010-03-08.
  20. ^ "Radiopaedia iPhone apps". MacWorld.com. Retrieved 26 April 2022.