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There is a significant and as yet underexplored area of literature related to the use of mobile devices and their impact on radiology education. This editorial will highlight some of the novel tools and techniques, which are accessible to radiology trainees that may enhance their medical education.
The recent growth in popularity of mobile devices among clinicians and other healthcare professionals since the introduction of the ‘smartphone’ and ‘tablet’ has been exponential. Mobile devices offer multiple functions that allow them to function as an adjunct clinical tool. Many have identified that mobile devices can serve as mobile clinical references, with easy access to the literature which has seen a surge in expansion from printed format to ‘apps’.1–3 Recent data has demonstrated a large utilisation of mobile devices among the medical professionals and students.4–6 Overall, usage by medical professionals has ranged from point-of-care references to clinical and drug references, medical calculators and access to the electronic health record.4–6 Medical students have found mobile devices as a tool to supplement their education, with access to e-textbooks, simulation tools and similar medical references.6
The visual nature of digital radiology makes it highly suitable to modern mobile devices. There is significant potential to use these devices to support day-to-day clinical radiology activities including mobile viewing and assessment of Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) format images. Mobile devices have greatly improved in the past decade to now support high definition displays that improves image visibility. Accordingly, formal investigation into the utility of these devices has predominantly focused on their suitability for this clinical task including mobile image reporting, mobile diagnosis and comparison of interobserver reliability.7–10 Many of these early studies have been encouraging and there certainly appears to be value to continue this research further as mobile hardware …
Competing interests TLL and TDA are writers and editors for iMedicalApps.com, a website dedicated towards providing news on the integration of mobile technology into medical care and the reviewing of medical apps for mobile devices. They do not consult nor receive reimbursement from app developers or creators.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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