Radiology Apps

DIP - Medical Diagnostic Imaging Pathways

FREE. Diagnostic and Imaging Pathways (DIP) is a decision support resource aimed at referring doctors and medical students. It includes a suite of pathways designed to guide the choice of the most appropriate diagnostic imaging examinations in the correct sequence and prevent unneccesary or inappropriate examinations. It includes over 160 pathways covering all the major organ systems and clinical conditions that are seen in general and specialist clinical practice.

It has been accredited by the national institute for Health Care and Excellence (NICE) and endorsed by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR). It is only currently available for Apple devices but an Android App is under development.

Radiology 2.0: One night in ED

FREE. App is designed by Dr Daniel Cornfeld, an Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at Yale University School of Medicine who specialises in Emergency Medicine Imaging. This app originally started as a website dedicated to teaching common ED imaging pathology. The Radiology 2.0 app home screen and main menu offer an option to toggle ‘Display Answers’ on or off giving you the ability to search either a list of clinical diagnoses, or a list of numbered cases. Each case has a plain film/CT image which you can scroll through before reading a discussion of the case. Specific radiological signs are demonstrated by superimposed arrows on relevant images.

Radiopaedia

FREE, but requires ‘in-app purchases’ ($0.99-$2.99 per pack) for your radiological area of interest. The app is based on the website, Radiopaedia.org which itself is free and written by the radiology community. It presents a compilation of imaging studies and information on a spectacularly wide-ranging set of topics. The content is made up of voluntarily contributed patient cases, each labelled with a diagnosis, questions and discussion. In addition, there are topic pages for classifications of diseases, radiology, physics, radiographic signs. As with most user-contributed content, the depth and quality will vary. However, in its breadth and immediacy of available information, the site (or app) is an invaluable resource for physicians.

SonoSupport

At $12.99, this is a comprehensive ultrasound app for use in EDs with limited or no internet/wifi access. As well as eFAST, AAA and DVT scanning, the app describes other utilisable techniques in ED such as identifying testicular torsion and ocular ultrasound for retinal detachment/papilloedema. Easy navigation directs the user to advice on probe selection, tips for performing the scan, normal sonographic anatomy and comparative images of important pathology. There is a useful tick box checklist of the critical images required to improve scan accuracy and also a neat section on ultrasound guided procedures. The app is rather text heavy which can mean lots of scrolling and has been described as more of an ultrasound textbook by other App reviewers. If you have reliable internet access then you can find similar information on cost free ultrasound websites. Check out this ECI favourite: http://sonospot.wordpress.com/

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