Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Alveolar Gas | Medical App News

Alveolar Gas Medical App for the iPad
A.P. (Pete) Shepherd, Ph.D., a retired Professor of Physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, has developed an iPad app for teaching the factors that affect the composition of "Alveolar Gas". A student or instructor can manipulate variables like tidal volume, dead space, and the oxygen consumption rate and see how they affect alveolar PO2 and PCO2. The app is suitable for use either as a classroom demonstration or self-instruction.

In addition to students studying respiratory physiology, health professionals who have found this app useful include residents in anesthesiology and pulmonary medicine, respiratory therapists, and nurse anesthetists. Although the app was released only recently, it is already being used in leading universities and hospitals around the world.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Clinical Pathology Question Bank | Medical App Review

Clinical Pathology Question Bank Medical App for iPhone
The Clinical Pathology Question bank is an iPhone and iPad app developed by Board Vitals, LLC. 

This app is an attractive, easy to use board review app designed for physicians preparing for the clinical pathology boards.

Detailed performance feedback and feedback on why a particular option is the best answer is provided, making it a great way to prepare for the test.

As a hospitalist, I am not able to comment on how applicable the content is for the clinical pathology boards, but the answers are appropriate when compared to UpToDate.

The Clinical Pathology Question Bank costs $29.99.

A Lite version of the Clinical Pathology Question Bank is also available. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

FluView by CDC | Medical App Review Just in time for Flu Season

Flu View Medical App for the iPhone
To help prepare for influenza season get the FluView app from the CDC.  

FluView is simple and easy to use, and allows you to view the last 3 weekly influenza activity maps for the United States.

However, FluView is not as fun as Plague Inc.

FluView is a Must Have App for hospitalists 
  • Helps planning vacation (be ON vacation when the flu hits, not on call for the ED....)
  • Reminds you when you should start checking patients with URI symptoms for influenza.

Monday, December 3, 2012

X-Anatomy | Medical App Review | Cross sectional anatomy app

x-anatomy cross sectional anatomy app for iphone and ipad
X-Anatomy™ is a cross-sectional human anatomy and medical imaging atlas developed by Dr. Francis Isidoro for the iOS platform.  This application has annotated, zoomable CT images of different body areas (head, chest, pelvis, etc) that are commonly encountered in clinical practice.

X-Anatomy is an excellent point of care resource for non-radiologists that review CT and MRI images.  This app is appropriate for medical students, residents, and attending physicians.  Advanced practice nurses and students will also find this a useful app.

A particularly useful feature is the ability to select and follow that structure through the other images for that body area.  This allows you to trace blood vessels, ribs, and other structures and develop a better understanding of the pathway the structures take through the studied body region.  The X-Anatomy video illustrates this feature. 

Key Features of X-Anatomy
  • Annotated cross sectional images
  • Zoomable images
  • Follow structures through the entire body region