Smartphones allow quick diagnosis of acute appendicitis

Staff writer
09 Dec 2009

Radiologists can now accurately diagnose acute appendicitis from a remote location with the use of a mobile phone equipped with special software, according to a study by the Radiological Society of North America.

The study shows that remote examination can be done using an iPhone, for example, with software that allows the reader to view clinical image data in full resolution.

This technology has the potential to expedite emergency room care when consultation with a specialist is needed.

"When we can make these determinations earlier, the appropriate surgical teams and equipment can be assembled before the surgeon even has the chance to examine the patient," said Dr. Asim F. Choudhri, the study's lead author.

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