How Turkish radiology residents access information related to their profession in this social media and smartphone era

Can Ozutemiz, Oguz Dicle, Nevin Koremezli

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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate the frequency of mobile technology and social media usage among radiology residents and their access to professional information. Materials and methods: A questionnaire consisting of 24 questions prepared using Google Drive was sent via e-mail to 550 radiology residents throughout the country. Of the 176 participating residents, 74 completed the survey via the internet, and 102 completed it at three different national radiology meetings. Response rates and its relationship with responses given to different questions were assessed. Results: Hundred two male and 74 female residents participated in the survey. 141 (81.3%) residents thought that they had appropriate internet access in their department. The number of residents using a smartphone was 153 (86.9%). The android operating system (70, 45.8%) was the preferred operating system of respondants. Only 24 (15.7%) of the smartphone users thought that there were enough radiology related applications. "Radiology assistant" (18.9%), "Radiopedia" (7.8%) and "Radiographics" (7.8%) were the most utilized applications. Of the smartphone users, 87(56.9%) stated that they used cell phones in order to find radiological information, and the most used web pages were Google (165, 93.8%), Radiopaedia.org (129, 73.3%), Radiologyassistant.nl (135, 76.7%), and Pubmed (114, 64.8%). Social media usages were as follows: None (10, 5.7%), Facebook (139, 79%), Twitter (55, 31.3%), Google + (51, 29%) and YouTube (44, 25%). Conclusion: While smartphone usage rates among the residents were high, the use of radiology specific applications was not common. Social media usage was very common among residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-133
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology Open
Volume2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Application
  • Education
  • Radiology
  • Resident
  • Smartphone
  • Social Media

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