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Five Helpful Mobile Apps for Radiologists

Posted on November 27, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

After seeing the popularity of my post about great mobile apps for medical students, I thought I would do a few more posts like that, focusing on different types of medical professions. Today, radiologists.

There are TONS of mobile resources for radiologists. Granted, the best ones are rather expensive, but from what I gather, well-worth the cost. However, there are also some pretty handy free (or really inexpensive) ones as well. After doing some research, here are a few of the apps I think could be helpful for those in radiology. Unfortunately, they are all for iOS devices, though some may be available for Android in the future.

1) Diagnostic Radiology App

iMedicalapps.com made the claim that this app is “possibly the best radiology app for iOS.” This is actually more like an interactive textbook. There is a very comprehensive, searchable database with over 30 different cases. The results from each case can be hidden in order to help the user think up their own solutions. There are excellent image sets included in each case as well. The app is meant for the iPad, but apparently, works rather smoothly on the smaller iPod and iPhone screens. This specific app is geared toward abdominal radiology, though other emphases are in the works. The app does cost quite a bit at $44.99, however, there is a free version which apparently is still very good. One reviewer claimed that “this app is amazing. I . . . expected a freebie with perhaps a bit of useful content. How wrong I was.”

This app is amazing. I downloaded it yesterday and expected a freebie with perhaps a bit of useful content. How wrong I was.

Download the full version here, and the free version here.

2) RSNA Radiology

This app is for Radiology, a top-rated, peer-reviewed journal. It contains tons of great articles that can be easily searched, as well as sent to colleagues. The font size is also adjustable, which accomodates the young and old radiologist. There are also included podcasts which can be listened to through the app. As I mentioned, the articles can be searched, which is definitely useful if someone is looking for a specific part of a certain article. New research with commentary and critiques from different experts in the radiology world is one of the highlights of RSNA Radiology. This app is totally free, which is awesome, considering all the great resources that it includes. It isn’t currently available for Android devices, though it can be accessed from Android phones and tablets at m.radiology.rsna.org.

Download for iOS devices here.

3) Radiology Toolbox

According to the description on iTunes, Radiology Toolbox is “the radiologist’s ectopic brain.” This app was created to anyone involved in radioloy, from the student just starting their studies, to the seasoned radiologist. There are two versions, the lite and the pro, and each include useful tools such as a GFR calculator, gastric emptying times, and a radiographic contrast premedication. The pro version has a lot more tools like a adrenal adenoma calculator and charts of AFI, pediatric spleen, and kidney size. The apps are still in their beginning stages, so expect updates to come regularly, but this is definitely an app that anyone in the radiology field should have.

Download the pro version for 4.99 here, and the free version here. This app is only available for iOS devices at this time.

4) SeeMyRadiology Mobile

This app allows users to view medical images and reports, right on their mobile device! Not only that, but photos can be taken directly with the mobile device and saved directly to the app or shared with others. It is HIPAA compliant, a secure cloud-computing platform, and approved by Accelarad for medical image review. Images can be searched for very easily, using either a patient’s name, time-frame, or medical record number. There’s a bunch of other neat features, and the app creators have gone to great lengths to ensure the security of the app (such as requiring a pin after a period of inactivity, and making sure no PHI is stored on the device upon closure of a case.) The app goes hand-in-hand with SeeMyRadiology.com. Best of all, it’s free.

Download for iOS here.

5) Radiology 2.0: One Night in the ED

For those that can’t afford Diagnostic Radiology, or simply would like another reference guide, this is another great option with tons of features. It has different cases that can be viewed, and the user is able to act as if they are actually reading and interpreting the CT scan from a PACS workstation. There are over 7,000 images included in the app and hundreds of pages of information, all of which can be viewed offline. It’s an excellent way to improve one’s ability to interpret images. Important information is highlighted and explained, and images are shown in a very realistic way.

Download for iOS here (the complete version, for free!)

Although I only highlighted five apps here, there are many more worthy to be on this list. Feel free to let me know what your favorite radiology app is!

Is there a specific field of medicine you’d like me to find good apps for? Leave a comment, and I’ll put in on my list! 

Memorial Day

Posted on May 30, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I always love the Holidays and Memorial Day is no different. I love the idea of looking back at those people who have since passed on. I love repeating the memories and stories of these people and remembering the lessons they taught us. Plus, I love to honor the troops who make everything we have possible.

In a recent call with my mother we of coursed talked about the progress of my blogs and the Healthcare Scene blog network. My mother has very little technical prowess and is one of those people who feels a little bit scared and nervous to use technology. I think she still thinks she’s going to break something and so she sticks to her same routines every time she’s on the computer. So, needless to say, she doesn’t have a great understanding of what I really do. She understands that they’re websites and somehow I make money from advertisers on the site. That’s alright by me, her 5th grade students are lucky to have her as a teacher.

In my conversation with my mom wondered what type of conversation my grandfather and I would have if he was still around. My grandfather is someone that I knew very well, loved deeply, and I even lived and worked (in their massive yard) with him and my grandmother for a summer. Before he retired he worked with radiology equipment. I believe he’d go around to doctors offices, hospitals, etc and sale them radiology equipment.

I can imagine he’d be amazed at the advancements that have been made with digital imagining in radiology. I’m sure we could have some interesting conversations about the potential for transferring digital images electronically, storing those images in a PHR, and other related PACS technology. I imagine he’d be amazed at how far we’ve come since he was working in the field. Certainly we still have a long ways to go, but looking at it this way I have to appreciate the technological advancements we’ve made.

My brother David (who has been writing on EMR News, Smart Phone Healthcare, EMR Screenshots and EMR videos) is in the process of becoming a pilot in the Air Force. He’s always wanted to be a pilot and so I’m really happy that he’s getting the chance to live his dream.

I honor him and all of our military troops who allow us to have the freedoms we have. It’s sad to think that in some countries a blog like this (or at least other blogs) might not be possible or might be filtered. We’re lucky to live in a land where freedom of expression is not only accepted, but encouraged.

My brother, David, posted the following status on his Facebook page:
“Instead of focusing on having a long weekend or that SWEET deal at the store, try doing something that a Marine/Sailor/Soldier/Airmen who gave the ultimate sacrifice can no longer do – in THEIR memory. Go for a walk and enjoy your family because somebody has given their life so that YOU can still enjoy this precious luxury that we often take for granted. Thank you to those who have served or are currently serving.”

On that note, I’m going to go take my wife and kids out on a hike, or throw a dance party, or something fun in honor of all those troops who’ve sacrificed so that we could have that right. I hope you do the same this Memorial Day.