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SPIE Professional January 2012

New app for medical diagnostics

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MIM Software, the creators of Mobile MIM, made a new addition to the iPhone and iPad application family that puts handheld devices into the world of medical instruments. Mobile MIM was one of the first medical apps to be offered in Apple's AppStore and also one of the first medical apps from the store to be cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Mobile MIM makes reviewing scans and deciphering diagnoses possible while physicians are away from their desks, without going to a workstation or waiting for film results. This mobile unit allows doctors to view images and make diagnoses from magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and other diagnostic technologies. Tools are provided to assist the physician from initial diagnosis to follow-up with comparison exams over time to monitor a patient's response to therapy.

While the app is free, MIM Software charges $1 for each uploaded scan stored on its service.

  Mobile MIM viewed on the iPad.

Doctors typically analyze scans on workstations in low lighting. Since doctors view the app on cell phones or tablets, they would most likely be in brighter light. To provide accuracy, the Mobile MIM app automatically tests for poor lighting in order to make the device more usable — if the app user cannot view a small rectangle on the screen, the room is too bright.

The FDA is putting together guidelines for future apps. Only programs that will help support a physician's diagnosis will need to be examined by the FDA.

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DOI: 10.1117/2.4201201.10

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