It may still be a work in progress, but Apple’s tablet device could herald a new computing age that extends to the radiology suite. Sam Friedman, writer of Dalai’s PACS Blog, has reviewed the iPad for use as a radiology viewer over at the ADVANCE for Imaging and Radiation Oncology website. He covers both the iPad itself, as well as all the radiology viewing apps he could find. The apps include Merge Mobile, OsiriX, iClarity, Mobile MIM and ResolutionMD. All apps were actually magnified iPhone apps, as none of the apps have been adapted specifically for the iPad yet. Overall impressions seem positive, although the currently available software only consists of very basic viewers. However, expectations are high, as he does think we are at the very beginning of something revolutionary.
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