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Educational Sites: Radiology, Open Access Journals and GoldMiner

Here is something new!

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) provides an invaluable (and free) news/alert service called EurekAlert which I’ve mentioned before on this blog.

A press release from EurekAlert is how I learned of a specialized search engine named Goldminer, produced by the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), which on Jan 29 2008, announced a joint collaboration with BioMedCentral (BMC) to make BMC peer-reviewed, open access journals linked within a search on Goldminer™.

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Photo credit: American Roentgen Ray Society – Copyright, 2008 – All rights reserved.

Below are a few excerpts from the Jan 29 2008 press release explaining the nature and the purpose of these unique biomedical resources:

GoldMiner, the ARRS radiology search engine, is designed by and for radiologists. It understands medical vocabulary, and uses sophisticated tools from the National Library of Medicine to recognize synonyms and abbreviations of radiological terms

BioMedCentral, the open access publisher of peer-reviewed biomedical research, has partnered with the American Roentgen Ray Society to add journals and images to GoldMiner™. BMC has contributed over 170,000 images and 225 journals to GoldMiner.

You can use this specialized search engine in several ways. For example, I did a search on “pancreatic neoplasms” (shown below):

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Photo credit: American Roentgen Ray Society – Copyright, 2008 – All rights reserved.

The pull-down menus allow you to narrow your retrievals by Modality (i.e., CT, MRI, PET, Photo, Ultra Sound, X-ray, Nucl Med, Photo, Graphic) and also by Age or Gender. Click the link for Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) from National Library of Medicine to learn which clinical terms are the best to use for pertinent retrievals from GoldMiner™.

Now – how cool is that! 🙂

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