FDA Approves MRI, Radiology App

In other new app news (useful app news, no less), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the approval of Mobile MIM, an application that allows doctors to view medical images from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

"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," said Dr. William Maisel, chief scientist and deputy director for science in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Medical professionals will be able to remotely view CT Scan, MRI, and PET scan images and make a diagnosis, but only when a workstation isn't available. The app isn't intended to replace traditional methods of viewing medical images which may quiet the fears of some patients uncomfortable with the quality of cell phone images. According to the FDA, the technology was tested under various lighting conditions and has features to ensure "improper screen luminance" and/or bad lighting doesn't affect the quality of the image display.

"Establishing a diagnostic protocol for medical imaging is no simple matter for a device like the iPhone or iPad," said Mark Cain, CTO of MIM Software. "It is critical to understand the characteristics of the device and to establish methods and tools that are safe and effective, while working within those constraints. There has been a gap in the market for a remote imaging device like this, and now it can be filled."

According to a report in CNN, Mobile MIM, which is available in 14 languages and 34 countries, is the first app to be approved by the FDA.

Would you be comfortable with your doctor analyzing an MRI image on his or her iPhone?

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