Social Media Tools for Department and Practice Communication and Branding in the Digital Age

Radiographics. 2018 Oct;38(6):1773-1785. doi: 10.1148/rg.2018180090.


With nearly 70% of adults in the United States using at least one social media platform, a social media presence is increasingly important for departments and practices. Patients, prospective faculty and trainees, and referring physicians look to social media to find information about our organizations. The authors present a stepwise process for planning, executing, and evaluating an organizational social media strategy. This process begins with alignment with a strategic plan to set goals, identification of the target audience(s), selection of appropriate social media channels, tracking effectiveness, and resource allocation. The article concludes with a discussion of advantages and disadvantages of social media through a review of current literature. ©RSNA, 2018.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Advertising*
  • Humans
  • Planning Techniques
  • Practice Management, Medical*
  • Radiology Department, Hospital*
  • Social Media*
  • United States