Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How to Quickly create "teaching" material - The Silhouette Sign

Loss of the radiology (X-ray ) rounds!
With the advent of the PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) X-ray films are becoming history. For some years now digital versions of x-ray images of patients are being viewed on monitors. These can be viewed by the clinicians ordering the imaging tests - on the hospital floors (wards) or in the clinics. This has eliminated the need to transport films and also the time honored X-ray rounds where the whole clinical team would trek down to the bowels of the hospital and look at the x-rays (and other images) of all their patients, often discussing these with the radiologist. This is still done for individual cases when there are questions but an educational session has become somewhat extinct.

Need for Radiology Education Material.
This has led to the need to provide education regarding reading of x-rays to clinical trainees at the point of care. Trainees can also look up videos on reading x-rays on YouTube and at other sites. Radiology educators interested in creating such teaching material can easily create this using a new iPad App called Showmeapp. The only thing you need is an iPad and an Internet connection to upload the video. If you have some images in your teaching file, you can import them to your iPad and then use these during the lesson.

An Example!
Here is an example of a short video on the famous Silhouette sign.

This took me about 5 minutes to make including time to upload. Not being a radiologist, there are probably some inaccuracies in this, but it makes the point I think. A radiologist could easily spend a few hours and create a library of such teaching videos and these would be an invaluable resource for all medical students, residents and practitioners.
Any takers?