Using Online Survey Software to Enhance Radiology Learning

Linda Kelahan*, Sarah N. Cheng, Yoan K. Kagoma, Jeanne M. Horowitz, Frank H. Miller, H. Henry Guo, Lawrence Chow

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Rationale and Objectives: Online educational modules can augment radiology learning by creating opportunities to interact with images in more dynamic ways than with static presentation of images in lectures or journal articles. Building these modules on an online survey platform allows for quantitative assessment and learner feedback, without requiring programming knowledge or need for new website creation. Materials and Methods: Interactive online tutorials were built on a web-based survey platform (Qualtrics, Provo, Utah) accessible by computer or mobile device to teach radiology imaging findings of selected high-morbidity diagnoses. Topics included congenital-type internal hernias (module 1), acute appendicitis in the pregnant patient (module 2), and unintentionally retained surgical instruments (RSI; module 3). Modules consisted of pretest, educational module, and post-test components. For modules 1 and 2, graphics interchange formats were utilized to show CT and MRI image stacks for the diagnosis of congenital-type internal hernias and acute appendicitis in pregnant patients, respectively. For module 3, the “Heat Map” format was chosen to showcase intraoperative radiograph cases, which allowed participants to click on the potential RSI in the image. Pre- and post-test scores were evaluated. To determine statistical significance, an alpha level of 0.05 was utilized. Results: Module 1 (Internal Hernia): Twenty-one radiology trainees completed the module. The mean pretest score was 3.66 (±1.13) points out of a total 6 possible points (61%), compared to 4.52 (±1.03) points on the post-test (75%). This was a statistically significant increase on the post-test of 0.87 points (95% CI [confidence interval] 0.36, 1.38), t(20) = 3.53, p= 0.002. Module 2 (MR Appendicitis): Seventeen radiology trainees completed the module. The mean pretest score was 3.18 (±1.42) points out of a total 6 possible points (53%), compared to 5.12 (±0.86) points on the post-test (85%). This was a statistically significant increase on the post-test of 1.94 points (95% CI 1.12, 2.76), t(16) = 5.00, p< 0.001. Module 3 (RSI): One hundred seven participants completed the module. The mean pretest score was 3.60 (±1.53) points out of a total 6 possible points (60%), compared to 4.54 (±1.36) points on the post-test (76%). This was a statistically significant increase on the post-test of 0.94 points (95% CI 0.67, 1.21), t(106) = 6.84, p< 0.001. Conclusion: An online survey platform can be used to build interactive education modules. Post-test scores significantly improved from pretest scores with these educational modules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAcademic radiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Appendicitis
  • Internal hernia
  • Online Tutorial
  • Radiology education
  • Retained foreign body

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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