iPhone Good Enough for Eye Doctors to Examine Patients’ Results

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Maybe they will start calling it the EyePhone…

At the  American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – Middle East-Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) Joint Meeting in Chicago researchers described how images on the iPhone are of high enough quality that they can be used by eye doctors who want a portable way to carry around patients’ diagnostic images.

It is common for images of patients’ eyes to be viewed on a computer screen, but researchers at the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine decided to see if they could jump on the portable device wagon.

The study involved the office visits of over 100 patients with diabetic retinopathy.  For some, the examining doctor relied on computer screens to evaluate images of the eyes and for others, the iPhone.  According to Dr. Michael J. Pokabla. “There were no significant differences between evaluations and recommendations using the two different systems, and the doctors rated the iPhone images as excellent. We conclude that mobile devices like the iPhone can be used to evaluate ophthalmic images.”

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/204895.php