The Radiopaedia editors have a recurring commitment to prank the collective radiology community each year on April 1, an informal holiday known as April Fools' day. Sometimes months in the planning and creation, the pseudo-pathologies depicted on imaging are an exciting annual project the editors look forward to with mischievous childish delight. Each case is shared across our social media network and the growth in page visits each year is largely a reflection of our growing social media influence.
List of April Fools' cases
2012: Maxillary tettigoniidaosis
- page visited 1,565 times over the April 1 period
2013: Von Schlapp syndrome
- page visited 6,157 times over the April 1 period
- "making of" video on the Radiology Channel
2014: Teapot syndrome
- page visited 62,157 times over the April 1 period
- official Wikipedia article for "I'm a little teapot" edited by someone to include 'teapot syndrome' as the inspiration behind the song; this has since been edited.
2015: Tin Man syndrome
- page visited 201,000 times over the April 1 period
- Facebook post seen by more than 1.8 million people
2016: Cactus disease
- early stats: > 500,000 page visits
- early stats: > 5 million people reached on Facebook
- 2017: who knows...