Radiopaedia Blog : Project

2nd Sep 2021 07:16 UTC

Operation Fixation

Operation fixation was an editorial project that ran from July-August 2021. It was the first editorial project to be run on the Discord server. When I uploaded this case:

Failed posterior instrumented lumbar fusion (rID: 89283)

After realizing our Reference Articles on spinal fixation was incomplete, a list of common surgical procedures was completed and the project was launched and a team assembled on Discord of (in alphabetical order):

  • Dr Joachim Feger, radiologist, Germany
  • Dr Jeremy Jones, radiologist, Scotland
  • Dr Henry Knipe, radiologist, England
  • Dr Fabio Macori, radiologist, Italy
  • Faiyaz Rahman, medical student, Australia

We went to work and created 29 new articles and updated 8 existing articles. This is a fantastic result having developed a little but important corner of Radiopaedia. Also, the first project run on Discord was a great success and after the project, Dr Fabio Macori was appointed subeditor and Faiyaz Rahman appointed student editor on our editorial board. 

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A little while back we added diagnostic certainty to our cases, so that you could more easily filter for cases that had an established diagnosis; we really want to ensure that grows not only in size but also quality. 

We had a little problem; we had over 20,000 existing cases that did not have a diagnostic certainty established. But that's ok, because we have an amazingly dedicated editorial team

Honey Badger
Photo credit: User:Jaganath from Wikimedia commons file here.


So we started Operation Honey Badger in honor of this famous internet video meme and got cracking, not only adding diagnostic certainty, but generally improving cases, and removing those that were no longer of sufficiently high standard (see our current case publishing guidelines).

There has been stiff competition for the coveted title of overall honey badger (editor who has reviewed the most cases). 

Overall Honey Badger was Tim Luijkx with over 4,100 cases reviewed! Congratulations. 

Everyone pitched in, with many editors devoting many many many hours to the project. The result is that now (almost) all our cases have a diagnostic certainty. A huge step forward. 

Thank you all. 



A. Prof Frank Gaillard is a neuroradiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, and is the Founder and Editor of 

NB: Opinions expressed are those of the author alone, and are not those of his employer, or of

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