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Nowadays use of internet search engines has become an essential part of medical students'
lives due to accessibility and availability. The main aim of the study was to explore how students use
the search engine gathering radiologic information.A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey was
conducted among 180 forth to sixth-year medical students ofBuddhachinaraj Medical Education Center
in 2017 with a response rate of 100%. The results showed almost all medical students (98.3%) had
personal electronic devices and 58.3% used smartphones as a major tool to obtain radiologic information.
The students frequently performed a search by applying a specific keyword (65.6%), many keywords
(14.4%), and keywords with citing websites (15%). With regard to choosing search results, they considered
on headings, short descriptions, first-page results, well-known URLs and alternative images/
videosrespectively. Most of the students (83.8%) have already been quite good searching skills by
self-appraisal; however, they constantly need to learn more for improving their expertise. Problems of
the usage included low speed of internet, language barriers, accessibility of medical publications and
overwhelming data. In conclusion, promoting education in search engine optimization and English
proficiency is crucial to individual skill improvements and lifelong learning