iPhone Radiology Images Sharp Enough to Enable Stroke Diagnoses: Study
The Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit organization that provides medical care, research and education, has released a study revealing that radiology images shown on an iPhone screen are suitable for evaluation by doctors as if they were on a typical picture archiving and communication system (PACS) or on a desktop. The study "Smartphone Teleradiology Application Is Successfully Incorporated Into a Telestroke Network Environment" appears in the journal Stroke, published by the American Heart Association. The Mayo Clinic announced the study on Oct. 1. The organization carried out the study to evaluate use of a radiology app on stroke victims. Researchers used Calgary Scientific's ResolutionMD, a smartphone app the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared for use as a diagnostic tool on the iPhone, iPad and the Web. "Essentially what this means is that telemedicine can fit in our pockets," Dr. Bart Demaerschalk, professor of neurology and medical director of Mayo Clinic Telestroke, said in a statement. "For patients this means access to expertise in a timely fashion when they need it most, no matter what emergency room they may find themselves." In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at how Mayo Clinic determined the ResolutionMD app was ready for use in radiology.
Calgary Scientific's ResolutionMD
For the Mayo study, researchers used ResolutionMD, which allows physicians to locate and access patient images and reports in real time as well as share images through embedded links in an email or text. Calgary Scientific launched version 3.1 of the app on Sept. 11.