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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-12
IJRI and the E age


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Kohli A. IJRI and the E age. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2002;12:11-2

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Kohli A. IJRI and the E age. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 2002 [cited 2019 Nov 18];12:11-2. Available from: http://www.ijri.org/text.asp?2002/12/1/11/30549
The last decade has witnessed dramatic technological advancements in the field of medical imaging. These essentially have been a spin off from the rapid technological advancements in computer technology. Probably the single most important advancement has been increased speed of imaging. Not only reduction in time in performing imaging investigations but time in between one advancement and the next. Now we technologically advance in one year what would take us 10 years in the 80's and 90's.

A year back the promising technique for imaging the coronary arteries was MR Angio, today a year later it is CT Angio. The best means a year back to image acute stroke was diffusion/perfusion MRI, today it is CT perfusion. This is due to the rapid advancements in Multi slice CT technology. It is imperative for us in this litigant world, to be well informed of the progress in our field of expertise, even if we don't have the newer technological advanced tools. So if there is going to be such rapid change, how do we keep abreast with these technological advancements ?

Fortunately a major technological advancement has been the electronic age. Today the electronic age has totally taken over our lives, we communicate by e mail, we transfer money by e transfers, we buy and sell shares through e trade. The reason for this is obvious; by using an electronic medium, transfer of information is instantaneous. Just a click of the mouse. This has indeed transformed life, no need to waste time going to the bank or wait for a letter to come in the mail. A natural progression is to use an electronic medium for learning and keeping abreast with technological advancements.

Let us first look at the present status of IJRI, articles are typed and sent by mail to the journal office. The journal office sends the articles to 2 reviewers by courier mail. After reviewing with their comments these are sent back to the journal office. These reviews usually have some comments and require revisions by the authors. The article is sent back to the authors for the necessary changes. It then returns for hopefully a final review by the reviewers. If all is well, the article is selected for the next issue. This process on an average takes a year to complete. Thus an article appears in print after a minimum 12 month delay. In today's age this article may then be totally irrelevant and for no fault of the author, further it defeats the basic premise that knowledge should be shared instantaneously. So we need to use the electronic medium to minimize the time between dispatch of the article by the author till the day it appears in print. IJRI is now accepting online submissions. Articles should be sent to editor@ijri.org. The article will reach the journal mail box instantly as the author clicks it away. This article then in its electronic form can be sent by electronic mail to the reviewers, who in turn review it and send it back electronically, if there are any revisions required the article is sent at the speed of a click to the author, who also returns it electronically. It is obvious an article be sent, reviewed, revised and accepted for publication in the time period of a few days. In this manner we would only be publishing current articles. Ideally articles received between the publishing of the previous issue and the next, a maximum time period of 3 months.

Another major advantage of the electronic world is quality of images. Nearly always there are images with the article, prints of these are obtained which are sent with the article. Obtaining prints of images is very rarely rewarding, the quality of prints obtained is always lacking, further often done with a color film with a strange hue. There is also loss of detail and quality at each step, in obtaining the initial photograph, then when the printer converts it, also ofcourse damage, scratches in transit. The ideal means is to provide images in an electronic form either by scanning or better by obtaining a digital photo of the image with a digital camera. The image can be modified for an error in exposure factors so as to minimize the difference between the original and the reproduction. This image need not be of a large pixel size, as printers obtain excellent print quality of even sub 100 KB images. The advantage of an electronic form is no loss in detail or image quality in the various conversion steps. IJRI is also now accepting and in fact encouraging emailing the digitized images.

These are important steps forward in cutting down time and making the contents of the journal more relevant.

Welcome to the 21st century and its first major technological advance - the Electronic age.

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