Recent findings from the Mayo Clinic offer evidence supporting the use of smartphones to view medical images and diagnose patients from afar. For the Stroke study (.pdf), researchers compared the quality of brain-scan images from stroke patients using smartphone application ResolutionMD Mobile (link to iTunes store) to the same types of information typically viewed on desktop computers. There was a high level of agreement among the reviewers over the most important radiological features, regardless of whether the images were viewed on a smartphone or desktop.
Last year, ResolutionMD Mobile received clearance by the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration.
In this recently posted video, Bart Demaerschalk, MD, neurologist and medical director of Mayo Clinic Telestroke, discusses the research.