The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved for the first time a medical smart phone app for iPhone and iPad that allows doctors to view and assess medical images.
"This important mobile technology provides physicians with the ability to immediately views images and make diagnoses without having to be back at the workstation or wait for film," William Maisel, chief scientist in the agency's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a prepared statement.
The application is the first cleared by the FDA for viewing images and making medical diagnoses based on computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear medicine technology, such as positron emission tomography (PET). Radiology images are compressed for secure network transfer, then sent to the appropriate portable wireless device via software called Mobile MIM.
In its evaluation, the FDA reviewed performance test results on various portable devices. These tests measured luminance, image quality (resolution), and noise in accordance with international standards and guidelines.