Increasing Access to Diagnostic Imaging

June 16, 2014

Slice now hosts over 800 radiographic images including X-rays, CT scans and MRI images. Having access to these diagnostic images is essential for training medical students in evidence-based medicine. The image collections available on Slice provide medical students with more examples of a wide variety of both normal and abnormal conditions diagnosed by radiographic images, giving students non-hospital based practise with clinical decision making.

Diagnostic image collections available on Slice.

The BEST Network recently received two contributions of diagnostic images. The Prince of Wales Hospital Medical Imaging Department have contributed their teaching library collection, currently used by radiology registrars. These images, along with their associated de-identified clinical histories and diagnoses make those images a valuable resource for both undergraduate and postgraduate/continuing professional education in the medical and medical imaging fields.

A second collection of images was contributed by Dr Noel Young of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and have been carefully annotated with descriptions of key features. These images exist in both annotated and unannotated forms for use as teaching resources, giving academics flexibility in the way these images and their descriptions are presented to students. Dr Young very generously shared his collection and is passionate about education in the field of radiology.

Both image collections are now available on Slice and within the Smart Sparrow Annotate tool. The variety of radiography images on Slice will continue to be expanded over the next 6 months.