Smartphones have never been so smart! There is now an app called ResolutionMD Mobile that doctors can use to scan a patient’s brain in order to diagnose a stroke. The medical app is available for the iPhone, iPad, and the Android, and gives doctors the astounding ability to distinguish whether a patient has suffered from a stroke and prescribe treatment faster than ever before.
This advancement in technology will make a major difference in the early diagnoses and treatment in stroke victims, allowing actions to be taken sooner and more accurately, which improves the outcome tremendously. For every 15 minutes that a patient is kept waiting for a diagnosis, the effectiveness of the medication is reduced by half. So, when they say that every second counts, they mean it.
ResolutionMD Mobile is designed to scan images of the brain with what specialists at the University of Calgary are calling “nearly the same accuracy as when they use a full diagnostic workstation”. However, some medical experts have been resistant to the idea of reading a scan off of a 3.5 inch screen. The app is meant to be used in emergency scenarios, after all, and doctors worried that it was not trust worthy.
Fortunately, image compression, microprocessors and wireless-data bandwidth have all been improved so much so that ResolutionMD Mobile has won over most of the critics, making it an extremely useful tool for doctors when they do not have other equipment available.
For patients who live in more rural areas, ResolutionMD Mobile will save lives. Ross Mitchell, a medical professor who worked closely on the app at the Canada University commented on the effect it has already had in rural Arizona saying “The patients are being treated remotely, and they stay remote”.