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Be Bluu! June 4, 2010

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I have just come across a new Hungarian search engine called Bluu! It makes searching for travel, whether much easier than any other search engines, it is also a handy dictionary, and it is very handsome 🙂

  • Check out their blog for more info – Hungarian only!
  • Here is an interview with the lead designer.

– András

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Dedicated pdf. search engine November 24, 2008

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I was happy to hear about PdfGeni, the new dedicated search engine for pdf. type documents, though after I tried it, I had mixed feelings about it. It is not as good as I expected, thought it is not too bad either. The layout is simple, clear, no problem with that, but it tends to bring up fuzzy search results such as main URL’s and unrelevant pages from different books. It did however come up with very useful and never-before-seen results for my keywords: “nuclear medicine” and “pediatric radiology.”

In any case it is a solid engine, though it is still in beta, and if developments continue, this will be a search engine worth putting to our SeekRadiology project.

– Andras

Joongel and SearchCube: for fun October 20, 2008

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I am busy cramming for my gynecology exam next week, so I would like to share with you just a quick post on two interesting and potentially useful search pages: Joongel and SearchCube.

Joongel, the easy way

Joongel provides that top ten most viewed websites in a given topic. For example in the Health category you may choose MayoClinic, WebMD, RevolutionHealth amongst others.

We created Joongel while thinking about how to make the Internet easier for you. We believe that just like us, you find the Internet to be from time to time a little bit like a jungle. Instead of presenting you with an enormous amount of scattered results from different subjects and websites, Joongel provides direct search results from the ten most viewed websites in a specific subject or subcategory. The Joongel application can be used in different platforms such as search plugins, expert websites and the Joongel main website.

SearchCube is the first graphical search engine that I have seen. Results are displayed on a 3D rotateable cube.

It displays the first thirty-two (32) results for each of websites, videos and images. The maximum total number of results returned is ninety-six (96) results. Where a preview is not available, the search result is not shown.

Do you remember the movie Cube?

– Andras

SeekRadiology: 2008 October October 16, 2008

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There are all sorts of search engines that are pertinent to the field of diagnostic imaging such as Goldminer, RadiologySearch and YottaLook. But these are all on a different server with different URL’s so if you want to use all of them at once, you have to have 3 or more windows or tabs open. SeekRadiology is bound to solve just that problem. It is not a search engine in itself, but it is a clever use of some old HTML and new Java Script to ease your search needs. Take a look, and make it your homepage!

Here are the latest upgrades on SeekRadiology:

  • popular search engines added (e.g.:Google, Yahoo, Cuil)
  • bugs fixed, code has been optimized for further developement
  • IE css bug fixed
  • favicon added
  • opacity effect added — works only with FF, Opera, Safari
  • engine name, description and url tooltip added, wz tooltip is developed by Walter Zorn

The more pretty SeekRadiology is available at: www.seekradiology.com

– Andras

SeekRadiology: upgraded version available August 13, 2008

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I am proud to present to you the latest version of SEEKRadiology, the Radiology search engine merger project. The old dark and scary looking theme has been throw out of the window, and a new, more friendly design has been applied. A couple more search engines has been added, and all this makes up for yet another upgrade of this project.

Check it out for yourself!

More info:

– Andras

Diagnostic Imaging 2.0: Specific search engines August 2, 2008

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If you read John Battelle’s book titled The Search: how Google and its rivals rewrote the rules of business and transformed our culture, it is clear that without search engines the World Wide Web and the experience of its users would not be the same as it is today.

Companies such as Goto.com and Altavista.com were among the first search engines, but today Google, Yahoo and several others are the ones we turn to when looking for information on the Web. The problem with these engines is that they are not too good at accommodating the work of diagnostic imaging professionals. They cover too much virtual space, therefore their results are enormous, but most of the time they are not too relevant.

Here is a list of diagnostic imaging-specific search engines. Some are a result of small projects, while others enjoy the comfort of large support groups. They are all different, and they all work a little bit different. You have to find the one that suits your needs best.

1. As the name implies this one is a search engine fine tuned for Radiology searches, and indeed it is. RadiologySearch.net was developed by Dr. Roland Talanow, a radiology resident at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. His goal was to develop an engine that turns up more information from radiology-specific peer-reviewed sources while filters non peer-reviewed content. As you can see on the image you can select from 13 options before hitting the “search” button. You can search in over a 1000 peer-reviewed websites, in over 150 scientific journals, and among thousands of images, radiology cases, teaching files, books, lectures, videos. The links to all the relevant journals and societies may be found under the search area, plus all the latest news and publications appear towards the bottom of the page. Therefore this website goes beyond the traditional search page role, and resembles more to a radiology portal. Registered users may also save their individual searches for quick access, and repeated search.

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2. Thursday, the 21st of December, 2006 was the release date of Yottalook, a radiology-specific search engine developed and actively maintained by four radiologists – Woojin Kim MD, Khan M. Siddiqui MD, William Boonn MD and Nabile Safdar MD – and powered by iVirtuoso’s algorithm. Yottalook offers four search engines: Yottalook Web, Yottalook Images, Yottalook Anatomy and Yottalook Book.

Yottalook Web has been designed to search online radiology sources only. The “Refine results” window offers a list of words every time you initiate a new search, and tries to help you narrow down your destination quicker.

Yottalook Images relies on peer-reviewed materials only, and works from a database of 700,000 images. Search results are presented in either “detailed” or “thumbnails only” mode. It supports PicLens, so that you can view all the images full screen on a 3D wall!

Yottalook Anatomy helps you find anatomical information and images with higher efficiency.

Yottalook Books is a customized and Yottalook optimized Google Book Search. It allows you to read full-text radiology books online.

According to Wikipedia Yotta is “an SI prefix in the SI (system of units) denoting 1024 or 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000.” That is a lot of zeros, but a very catching name for a search engine. Could a search engine give you that many results? Find out for yourself at Yottalook.com!

3. It will not find you gold, but it will dig up just about anything besides that: ARRS GoldMiner® was created for finding images in a select group of peer-reviewed journals and now it has access to 196,130 images published in 249 radiology journals.

After initiating a search, you have the option to further narrow your results by modality, patient age and sex. What is interesting about GoldMiner® is that it “understands” medical vocabulary! For example it “knows” that gallstones and “cholelithiasis” mean the same thing by incorporating the UMLS Metathesaurus and the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) into its technology. So, if you enter “kidney stones” it will look for images that are labeled as “renal calculi” as well, giving you an extended list of options.

GoldMiner® Global beta allows users to search Goldminer’s English-language database in their own language. It manages to do so by translating the words the user types into the search box through the National Library of Medicine. It is available in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and some other languages.

Read the journal article on ARRS GoldMiner here.

4. “A collaborative social search engine.” That is the Wikipedia definition of a swicki. The Radiology Search Engine swicki was created by Gerard Deib and is further improved by its user community.

Swickis are easy to edit search engines, that rely heavily on group feedback. When you set up a swicki, you need to give it a name, choose a topic, and start “training” your search engine by specifying a couple websites, blogs, and wikis as starting points.

Then you need to add a couple words to the tag cloud, which is like a collection of the most popular key words. The more often a key word is used, the bigger it gets in the tag cloud, and the less frequently it is used, the smaller is gets. The editor of the swicki may add or delete words from the tag cloud at any time, whenever she feels it is necessary. Here is the current tag cloud of Radiology Search Engine:

You can see that at the time of this snapshot most people were looking for information regarding: mri breast cancer, myocardial spect images, oligodenrogliomas, and some others. The interesting aspect of the swicki search results is that each individual result may be voted on, so that they either move up or down the list:

On the above image you can see that 4 people though that the article from radiologyinfo.org was the best for “MRI neck anatomy visualized.”

When your swicki is published, anybody may be able to use it just like a standard search engine, and anybody can copy the source code to their blog or website so that your swicki will become available from their site as well, and they all can contribute to the continued growth of the swicki.

According to the company – Eurekster – behind the swicki technology, there are over 100,000 swickis already, and this number is continually growing. If you are ready, you may begin building your new swicki here.

5. And last, but not least, here is SEEKRadiology. It is still in beta at the mean time, and you may find it here:

There are all sorts of search engines that are pertinent to the field of diagnostic imaging such as Goldminer, RadiologySearch and YottaLook. But these are all on a different server with different URL’s so if you want to use all of them at once, you have to have 3 or more windows or tabs open. TomographyBlogSearch is bound to solve just that problem. It is not a search engine in itself, but it is a clever use of some old HTML and new Java Script to ease your search needs.

It is very simple to use: just type your key words in the search box, and then click on the name of the search engine you wish to use. There is no need to type in your key words again if you wish to switch between the search engines. Your results will open in new windows, so that you can go back to your original search whenever you need.

SEEKRadiology is being developed by Péter, Herczeg and András Székely. Here is a sneak peak at SeekRadiology V1.0 coming very soon:

I hope you have enjoyed the first edition of Diagnostic Imaging 2.0. We are going to take a closer look at social communities for diagnostic imaging professionals next.

– Andras

A {better} way to read Wikipedia August 1, 2008

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Since its launch on the 15th of January 2001, Wikipedia has been by far the best example for Web 2.0 at work. With over 10 million articles in 253 languages, it is the largest, free, volunteer written encyclopedia in the world. Even though it is a great collection of information, it does not quite have a decent search engine, so sometimes it just a little bit too difficult to find the answers to our questions. The answers are there, but finding them has been difficult. Up to now, that is.

Meet PowerSet; a clever search engine designed especially for making your Wikipedia experience more pleasant. With PowerSearch you may find the exact, short answers to your questions such as: “Who invented the periodic table?” or “What is PET/CT?” and so on. Here is this latter example:

This is exact, isn’t it? And if you open the whole article and click on “Explore Factz” on the top left hand corner, you will get a word cloud similar to a blog’s word cloud with which you can get another step closer to finding your answer. If you click on a word in the word cloud, it will be highlighed in the “Article Outline” where words appear within their own context giving you a better idea where your answer lies. The “Article Outline” follows you as you scroll on the page.

Watch the demo video on PowerSet here, and make your next step towards Web 3.0!

– Andras

Flip this out! July 29, 2008

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The Internet is a constantly growing network of webpages, blogposts, and news pieces. Therefore most search engines have a hard time keeping up, indexing all that is out there. But you do not care about all the search results that come up after clicking the “search” button, rather you want to find what you are looking for in a few seconds.

Unfortunately, programmers have a few hundred thousand lines of more code to write until they can teach search engines to “understand” what we are asking them, so until then we got meta-search, swicki and now pressflip.

There is not anything fancy about Pressflip. It is a blog search engine that requires your input to better suit itself to your needs, therefore you need to register, and you need to be logged-in whenever you want to use “your” Pressflip. Here is how it works:

“If you see something that doesn’t interest you, press

That’s it! In the light of other, bigger search engine start-ups, this cannot possible replace your current favorite search engine, but it does not aim to do that. Use Pressflip for fun, and to get more information on your hobbies.

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