The Food and Drug Administration has just made history as it approved a mobile phone app for the very first time. Doctors can now view CT scans and MRI images on their handheld knowing everything is medically accurate. Mobile MIM was developed by a company called MIM Software, and it allows medical professionals to send the sophisticated medical imagery to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to analyze them.
The FDA clarified the app should not be used as a replacement for a proper medical workstation, but the details it provides are good enough to be used for when doctors want to analyze material on-the-go or at home.
"This important mobile technology provides physicians with the ability to immediately view images and make diagnoses without having to be back at the workstation or wait for film," said FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health spokesperson William Maisel.
Mobile MIM has also passed an even more stringent certification - acceptance from Apple. It will be going live on the iTunes App Store this Friday.