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  • FDA Approves Groundbreaking Radiology App for iPad, iPhone

    On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration validated the longstanding speculation that Apple's iPad would ultimately prove a useful tool in the world of medicine. Yesterday, the FDA announced that it has approved the first diagnostic radiology application for mobile devices, including both the iPad and iPhone.

    Mobile MIM, the app in question, is the first of its kind to be formally cleared by the FDA for the purpose of viewing images and making medical diagnoses based on computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear medicine technology, such as positron emission tomography (PET). Although the FDA says the app is not meant to serve as a complete alternative to the established workstations already in use as hospitals and medical facilities, the app is billed as a suitable alternative "when there is no access to a workstation."

    William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., chief scientist and deputy director for science in the FDAs Center for Devices and Radiological Health says: This important mobile technology provides physicians with the ability to immediately view images and make diagnoses without having to be back at the workstation or wait for film. What's more, the use of the app may reduce the chances of an incorrect reading or diagnosis as the Mobile MIM application includes sufficient labeling and safety features to mitigate the risk of poor image display due to improper screen luminance or lighting conditions.

    The app, which is expected to hit the App Store next week, will initially be available in 14 languages across 34 countries, including the US.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: FDA Approves Groundbreaking Radiology App for iPad, iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      I wonder if this will make doctors more lazy.

      "@DrCharles via TwitterFeed: the following of my patients have cancer: #SorryForTheBadNews"
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      I can imagine that not only would the image quality be an issue, but, as some previous posters commented, so would image integrity (control changes to images), image authentication (who has access and made changes to images) and anything else specified in HIPAA laws.

      If they've met all that, that's some pretty big hurdles.

      I look forward to my doctor diagnosing me from the 8th hole on whatever golf course he happens to be at.
    1. nashlib's Avatar
      nashlib -
      i'm a radiologist and this is really good for us..hope my hospital adopts this at the earliest.
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      Damn I had to come back and edit this...I was way off lol! I thought the app worked with the camera on the device to take x-rays. As in ordinary people could be taking x-rays of themselves...I was like wtf is the FDA thinking?
    1. JHoffy1's Avatar
      JHoffy1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      I wonder if this will make doctors more lazy.

      "@DrCharles via TwitterFeed: the following of my patients have cancer: #SorryForTheBadNews"
      Please define "more Lazy'

      I went through 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, worked every other or every third night through 5 years of general surgery residency and 2 years of cardiothoracic fellowship. I work every day, get called throughout most nights and take call every other weekend.

      Please define "more lazy",,,,
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by SirTimothy1 View Post
      I bet we will be seeing this on House soon.
      thats what i was thinking, they use apple for their computers on the show and i bet they're dying to show this off now