Mobile apps are quickly becoming every bit as accurate for stroke diagnoses as traditional medical equipment.
According to a new study published by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of detecting intraparenchymal hemorrhage were 100% using the iOS device with a perfect interrater agreement.
The study is refernencing the Resolution MD app from Calgary Scientific.
We have developed a new teleradiology system based on a client-server architecture that enables rapid access to interactive advanced 2-D and 3-D visualization on a current generation smartphone device (Apple iPhone or iPod Touch, or an Android phone) without requiring patient image data to be stored on the device. Instead, a server loads and renders the patient images, then transmits a rendered frame to the remote device.
Recent advances in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke have made rapid acquisition, visualization, and interpretation of images a key factor for positive patient outcomes. As a result, those who engaged the study are particularly pleased with its findings.
The smartphone client-server teleradiology system appears promising and may have the potential to allow urgent management decisions in acute stroke.
“We were pleasantly surprised at our ability to detect subtle findings on the CT scan, which are often very critical in patient management, using this software,” the study’s designer, Dr. Mayank Goyal says.
All told, the study lends further credence to claims that clinical usage of mobile applications will become far more widespread in the coming years than perhaps anyone can presently imagine.