Objectives: To determine if published figures on the proportion of articles included in systematic reviews and identified in electronic databases are applicable to an example from medical imaging. \ud \ud Methods: A systematic review was performed. Additionally, sensitivity and precision of a MEDLINE search were compared with values from three published searches, each customized for a specific field.\ud \ud Results: All articles included in the systematic review were in electronic databases. The MEDLINE search had low precision compared with searches in other fields.\ud \ud Conclusions: in a specific area of medical imaging, electronic databases, including MEDLINE, are reliable sources of articles.\ud \u
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