iPhone app lets doctors accurately detect stroke

New research from the University of Calgary in Canada reveals that a new free iPhone app lets doctors make a stroke diagnosis just as accurately - and faster - than they can on a medical computer workstation.

In a study published May 6 in Journal of Medical Internet Research, two neuro-radiologists examined nearly 200 scans using either a diagnostic workstation or an app called Calgary Scientific's Resolution MD Mobile, released last year. The smartphone app results were between 94 to 100 percent accurate.

The researchers stated that the technology could be particularly useful in rural medical settings, allowing "for real-time access to specialists such as neurologists, regardless of where the physicians and patients are located." Anyone can download the app for free from the iTunes Store.

Transforming smartphones into medical marvels is a hot trend in scientific research. In recent news, a new smartphone-controlled device, announced in February, could help doctors diagnose cancer in a simple, in-office procedure - with results in a matter of minutes. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have developed the new system, which detects tumors via a smartphone by analyzing a tiny sampling of cells (a speck of tissue), sparing patients from the larger biopsies currently used.

Also, US-based mobile health start-up Mobisante is devising a smartphone ultrasound imaging system as a lower-cost alternative to expensive ultrasound systems, which can ring up tens of thousands of dollars. The system is portable, meaning ultrasound technology could reach remote areas where bulkier equipment is not available.

Access the latest research: http://www.jmir.org/2011/2/e31/

Access the Resolution MD product page: http://www.calgaryscientific.com/products/resolutionmd-mobile.html

Read more from the University of Calgary on the new study: http://medicine.ucalgary.ca/about/iPhone_medical_application

Watch a demo of the Resolution MD app: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WaMU1l3rgI&feature

 

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