Doctors diagnose stroke with iPhone app

May 11th, 2011 - 7:45 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Calgary, May 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists have found a new way to diagnose stroke in people; using an iPhone application. The app was developed by scientists from the University of Calgary.

The new app helps doctors to get access to vital signs of patients from anywhere at all. The app might be crucial because the first minutes of stroke is very crucial in saving life.

The scientists published their achievement in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

When the new app was tested, it was found to have high accuracy rate. The researchers say the test revealed an accuracy rate of at least 94 percent. The application is already in use in Canada following the approval by the country’s regulators.

The app which is called ResolutionMD Mobile is currently being used by about 50,000 hospitals throughout the world. The app is available for use on iPhone, iPad and Android-based phones.

The new application is server based, meaning the actual process do not take place on the mobile phone. CT scan images can be sent to the phone and the app helps to analyze it.

A professor of radiology at the University of Calgary, Ross Mitchell, said, “They can do more than just look at them. They can cut into them, rotate it in 3D, they can do all kinds of advanced visualizations and analysis, which may be critical to make the diagnosis.”

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