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Read Scans Any Time, Place? There’s An App

September 7, 2010
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How would your practice change if you could read CT and MRI scans at any time and place—not just at your desk—via your smartphone or iPad? A Canadian software company is awaiting Food and Drug Administration approval for you to do just that.

ResolutionMD Mobile claims to be “the only product that delivers anytime, anywhere full-functionality advanced visualization of medical images to your mobile device.” It provides access to a database of 2-D, 3-D, and MIP/MPR versions of CT and MR scans through a Web browser. The images are not downloaded to the mobile device but rather stay on the server, meaning that they can be accessed quickly and that privacy won’t be compromised if the device is lost or stolen.

The application currently works on the iPhone (versions 3G and higher), iPod Touch, and iPad (it’s available free through the iTunes App store), and it’s “in development” to run on Android-based devices (2.2 or newer). You can manipulate the images with the usual finger slides, pinches, and pulls.

For more about how it works, you can check out a review of the software here. The Web site of the maker, Calgary Scientific, has a short demo video and some demo images.

According to Canadian Business magazine, Health Canada approved ResolutionMD Mobile earlier this year for diagnostic use in clinical settings, but the application is still waiting for similar FDA approval “following a gruelling one-year process involving endless clinical trials and research studies.” The company says the software is in experimental use at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

It’s too early to say definitely that this and similar applications being developed and tested will revolutionize the practice of radiology. But it’s not hard to imagine how they could.

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