By: Michael Stevens - Staff Writer
Published: May 11, 2021

Stroke App Patient Diagnoses

Stroke App - Doctors can now diagnose patients using an iPhone Stroke App. With a few scrolls and clicks, doctors can now look at 3D brain images to determine a stroke. A study from the University of Calgary suggests that doctors using the app are 94 to 100 per cent accurate.

ResolutionMD Mobile delivers advanced visualization of 2D and 3D, CT and MR images directly to a doctor’s cellphone. In April 2010, the app was approved by Health Canada so Canadian doctors can now legally make a primary diagnosis using the app.

The iPhone software technology was developed by Ross Mitchell, a scientist at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) in Calgary. Mitchell partnered with Calgary Scientific Inc. to bring the technology to the marketplace. The first application will be in acute care, like heart attack and stroke, because timing is critical and the patient’s outcome is dependent on how quickly they receive expert stroke care.

The app is better suited as a diagnostic tool when the doctor is outside of the hospital, or if the patient is in a rural setting. Hospitals in rural settings may have a CT scanner, but don’t usually have the expertise needed to find subtleties in a scan and make a proper diagnosis. With this technology, a hospital with a relatively inexpensive server can send the images to an expert.


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