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MedlinePlus – Diagnostic Imaging

MedlinePlus - Diagnostic Imaging section is recommended as a resource which provides the user with to links detailed information about X-rays, CT scans, nuclear medicine scans, MRI scans, and ultrasound. Additional information can be found by clicking Imaging and radiology in the "Learn More section." This MedlinePlus section is recommended for information provided by some of the most authoritative and reputable sources in the medical field.

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Review Date: 4/15/2019

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Ease of Use

Topics found in this section are accessed through a bulleted list of "X-rays," "CT scans," "Nuclear medicine scans," "MRI scans," and "Ultrasounds." Each topic links to an individual page on the site. A brief summary is followed by the many links provided for each diagnostic imaging procedure. The deeper you dive into the individual pages, the more time you spend on sites other than MedlinePlus. Users will have to spend significant time reading in order to take in the information from many different links.

Visual Design

Though visually simple, when a page contains over forty different links to outside sources, reading can become overwhelming. Few images populate the pages here, but the topics explored often have links to multimedia, especially videos.

Quality

Users will find links to many sources about the five most common types of diagnostic imaging. Diagnostic procedure information is very limited. Inconsistent referencing make the reliability of each MedlinePlus page variable. Topics found in the medical encyclopedia are well referenced, while this is inconsistent for summaries of individual imaging test and information from linked sites. However, most links go to respected federal or specialty organization sites.

Credibility

MedlinePlus clearly identifies the organizations responsible for the content, which include the American College of Radiology, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, articles in professional journals, and many government websites. Users will find that the medical encyclopedia topics have the highest reliability by listing reviewers and date of last review. Although MedlinePlus does a great job updating it's pages regularly, the currency of linked sites varies, and individual authors/editors of each topic page are not identified & only occasionally credited on the linked sites.

Pros

  1. Collects dozens of links for the most common diagnostic imaging procedures
  2. Relevant and authoritative resources focusing specifically on X-rays, CT scans, nuclear medicine scans, MRI scans, and ultrasounds
  3. The links send users to some of the most well-respected medical websites, lending to MedlinePlus' overall credibility

Cons

  1. Numerous other types of diagnostic imaging are not covered
  2. User-friendliness of materials vary depending on the source
  3. Users will have to spend significant time navigating and reading in order to get helpful information

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Library of Medicine, The National Institutes of Health

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Links to videos and tutorials, clinicaltrials.gov, tools to find accredited imaging centers, patient handouts, images, relevant journal articles, links to research, health check tools

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: custserv@nlm.nih.gov