Radiology Residents Might Benefit From Tablet Devices

Most residents believe that mobile electronic resources would improve radiology education

TUESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Residents in radiology programs believe that they would likely spend more time learning radiology if tablet devices and mobile electronic resources were incorporated into their radiology education, according to research published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Aiham C. Korbage, M.D., and Harprit S. Bedi, M.D., of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, conducted a multi-institutional, 12-question survey of 308 radiology residents to assess whether ownership of a mobile electronic device would result in more time spent learning radiology.

A total of 284 of the residents completed the entire questionnaire, a sample size estimated to be approximately 9 percent of the estimated total of 3,600 radiology residents in the United States. The researchers found that, overall, 74 percent owned smart phones and 37 percent owned tablet devices. Survey responses indicated that approximately equal amounts of time were spent learning radiology from electronic resources and printed textbooks. When asked, 81 percent felt that they would spend more time learning radiology if provided with a tablet device.

"There is considerable use of online and electronic resources and mobile devices among the current generation of radiology residents," the authors write. "Tablet technology has the potential to enhance the way radiology is studied and taught. Benefits, such as more study time, may be obtained by radiology programs that incorporate tablet devices into the education of their residents."

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