According to the article, researchers sorted through millions of daily tweets and narrowed it down to those linked with both "CT" and "radiation" to evaluate the opinions and information that was being shared related to radiation risks with CT scans. The research team collected a total of 621 relevant tweets and of those who posted, 90 were physicians, only 17 being radiologists. Other users included; 30 medical practices, 34 patients, 8 physicists or technologists, and the remaining 395 were categorized as "other" types of users.
Out of the total 621 posts being used in the study, 59% were unfavorable of CT scans, 10% were informative posts discussing strategies in reducing radiation, and only 3% of the posts were favorable of CT scans. Researchers concluded that the imbalance of opinion may be due to the users participating in the CT discussions on Twitter as well as the lack of radiologists engaging in these conversations. They also stated that radiologists having a more active engagement in social networks could lead to a more balanced representation and lower concerns regarding radiation exposure.
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