There’s an app for that. Calgary Scientific’s ResolutionMD mobile got a green light from the government watchdog organization for viewing diagnostic images on iPhones and iPads.
The ResolutionMD mobile app was built from existing ResolutionMD software, which recieved FDA clearance in 2006. The app already has the okay from Canada’s regulatory body, Health Canada and has a CE Mark for distribution in Europe.
"The ability to view diagnostic quality images on mobile devices promises to speed healthcare delivery, particularly for urgent conditions or after hours," Yale Medicine’s James Brink said in prepared remarks.
Researchers from the University of Calgary showed that doctors could make a stroke diagnosis using the ResolutionMD iPhone application just as accurately – and faster – than they could on a traditional computer.
In a study published in May, two neuro-radiologists compared stroke diagnosis, one used a diagnostic workstation and the other using Calgary Scientific’s ResolutionMD app. The study showed that using the ResolutionMD app is between 94 percent – 100 percent accurate in diagnosing acute stroke, compared to a medical workstation.
Calgary Scientific isn’t the first to tap the medical app market.
MIM’s iPhone medical imaging device headed to the App Store in February. In July, Health Discovery Corp. (OTC:HDVY) launched an iPhone app that uses image-based pattern recognition and mathematical algorithms to assess melanoma risk and Medco’s pharmacy app was registered as a Class I medical device earlier this month.