Teleradiology on mobile devices OK for appendicitis

By Erik L. Ridley, AuntMinnie staff writer

November 4, 2013 --

Tuesday, December 3 | 8:55 a.m.-9:05 a.m. | VSER31-02 | Room E352
Teleradiology consultation on a smartphone can lend a hand to on-call radiology residents who need a second opinion on diagnosing acute appendicitis, according to Korean researchers.

On-call radiologists -- who are mainly radiology residents -- at teaching referral hospitals in Korea sometimes require a second opinion for inconclusive and difficult emergency cases, said Dr. Nak Jong Seong of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital. Although the institution's Web-based PACS supports receiving second opinions from more experienced radiologists, they can't be at their workstation seven days a week.

However, an iPhone 4 running mobile PACS software could facilitate teleradiology consultation in diagnosing acute appendicitis, the researchers found.

How did they reach that conclusion? Drop into the Thursday morning session to get all the details.