Browsing articles from "September, 2012"

Orthopaedic Patient Information

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, General Medical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Reference, Spine, Sports, Students, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 

Very high-quality 3D anatomical models with video demonstrations of common anatomy, pathology, and treatments.

Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5+

Orthopaedic Patient Information is part of the 3D4Medical’s suite of full-featured anatomy apps.  All of their apps follow a similar and intuitive format, but this one differs slightly. The relevant body part is presented with a video demonstrating the most common anatomy, conditions, and treatments.  These demonstrations are very high quality.   The level of detail and anatomical accuracy of all muscles, tendons, vessels, nerves, ligaments and bones is impressive.  Overall, the entire suite of 3D4Medical anatomy apps are the best anatomy models we have seen yet, and this patient information app is fantastic.

iPhone
iPad $49.99 Download
Android

Skeleton System Pro III

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Medical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Reference, Students, Study/Review, Top, Under $5  // 

Full-featured 3D anatomy models with support for 3D rotation, various anatomy layers, cross-sectional slices, annotations, and video demonstrations.

Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5+

Skeleton System Pro III is part of the 3D4Medical’s suite of full-featured anatomy apps.  All of their apps follow a similar and intuitive format. In the skeletal system, any region of the body is selected for a more focused view. The relevant body part is presented with skin covering, and different anatomical layers can then be “unwrapped” sequentially through the body.  The level of detail and anatomical accuracy of all muscles, tendons, vessels, nerves, ligaments and bones is impressive.  In addition to the different layers, the view can be manipulated freely.  All body parts can be rotated in the horizontal plan through 360 degrees rotation.  In addition, axial, coronal, and sagittal slices can be taken through various levels of each joint or body part.  The app includes “pins” which already identify every possible structure of every layer.  In addition, most of the apps in the series include videos demonstrating relevant surgical procedures or common pathologies.  These demonstrations are very high quality.  The app includes a “pen” feature for drawing on the screen, however doodles are not saved and disappear once the pen is turned off.  There is even a separate button to turn vessels on and off.  Overall, the entire suite of 3D4Medical anatomy apps are the best anatomy models we have seen yet, based on their accuracy, level of control, and video demonstrations.  Ideal for health care students and possibly even for surgical preparation.

iPhone $2.99 Download
iPad $14.99 Download
Android

Spine Pro III

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Patients, Reference, Residents, Spine, Students, Top  // 

Full-featured 3D anatomy models with support for 3D rotation, various anatomy layers, cross-sectional slices, annotations, and video demonstrations.

Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5+

Spine Pro III is part of the 3D4Medical’s suite of full-featured anatomy apps.  All of their apps follow a similar and intuitive format. The relevant body part is presented with skin covering, and different anatomical layers can then be “unwrapped” sequentially through the body.  The level of detail and anatomical accuracy of all muscles, tendons, vessels, nerves, ligaments and bones is impressive.  In addition to the different layers, the view can be manipulated freely.  All body parts can be rotated in the horizontal plan through 360 degrees rotation.  In addition, axial, coronal, and sagittal slices can be taken through various levels of each joint or body part.  The app includes “pins” which already identify every possible structure of every layer.  In addition, most of the apps in the series include videos demonstrating relevant surgical procedures or common pathologies.  These demonstrations are very high quality.  The app includes a “pen” feature for drawing on the screen, however doodles are not saved and disappear once the pen is turned off.  There is even a separate button to turn vessels on and off.  Overall, the entire suite of 3D4Medical anatomy apps are the best anatomy models we have seen yet, based on their accuracy, level of control, and video demonstrations.  Ideal for health care students and possibly even for surgical preparation.

iPhone
iPad $19.99 Download
Android

Knee Pro III

Full-featured 3D anatomy models with support for 3D rotation, various anatomy layers, cross-sectional slices, annotations, and video demonstrations.

Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5+

Knee Pro III is part of the 3D4Medical’s suite of full-featured anatomy apps.  All of their apps follow a similar and intuitive format.  The relevant body part is presented with skin covering, and different anatomical layers can then be “unwrapped” sequentially through the body.  The level of detail and anatomical accuracy of all muscles, tendons, vessels, nerves, ligaments and bones is impressive.  In addition to the different layers, the view can be manipulated freely.  All body parts can be rotated in the horizontal plan through 360 degrees rotation.  In addition, axial, coronal, and sagittal slices can be taken through various levels of each joint or body part.  The app includes “pins” which already identify every possible structure of every layer.  In addition, most of the apps in the series include videos demonstrating relevant surgical procedures or common pathologies.  These demonstrations are very high quality.  The app includes a “pen” feature for drawing on the screen, however doodles are not saved and disappear once the pen is turned off.  There is even a separate button to turn vessels on and off.  Overall, the entire suite of 3D4Medical anatomy apps are the best anatomy models we have seen yet, based on their accuracy, level of control, and video demonstrations.  Ideal for health care students and possibly even for surgical preparation.

iPhone $2.99 Download
iPad $12.99 Download
Android

Ankle & Foot Pro III

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Medical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Reference, Residents, Top, Under $5  // 

Full-featured 3D anatomy models with support for 3D rotation, various anatomy layers, cross-sectional slices, annotations, and video demonstrations.

Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5+

Ankle & Foot Pro III is part of the 3D4Medical’s suite of full-featured anatomy apps.  All of their apps follow a similar and intuitive format.  The relevant body part is presented with skin covering, and different anatomical layers can then be “unwrapped” sequentially through the body.  The level of detail and anatomical accuracy of all muscles, tendons, vessels, nerves, ligaments and bones is impressive.  In addition to the different layers, the view can be manipulated freely.  All body parts can be rotated in the horizontal plan through 360 degrees rotation.  In addition, axial, coronal, and sagittal slices can be taken through various levels of each joint or body part.  The app includes “pins” which already identify every possible structure of every layer.  In addition, most of the apps in the series include videos demonstrating relevant surgical procedures or common pathologies.  These demonstrations are very high quality.  The app includes a “pen” feature for drawing on the screen, however doodles are not saved and disappear once the pen is turned off.  There is even a separate button to turn vessels on and off.  Overall, the entire suite of 3D4Medical anatomy apps are the best anatomy models we have seen yet, based on their accuracy, level of control, and video demonstrations.  Ideal for health care students and possibly even for surgical preparation.

iPhone $1.99 Download
iPad $1.99 Download
Android

Shoulder Pro III

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Medical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Patients, Reference, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Top, Upper  // 

Full-featured 3D anatomy models with support for 3D rotation, various anatomy layers, cross-sectional slices, annotations, and video demonstrations.

Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5+

Shoulder Pro III is part of the 3D4Medical’s suite of full-featured anatomy apps.  All of their apps follow a similar and intuitive format.  The relevant body part is presented with skin covering, and different anatomical layers can then be “unwrapped” sequentially through the body.  The level of detail and anatomical accuracy of all muscles, tendons, vessels, nerves, ligaments and bones is impressive.  In addition to the different layers, the view can be manipulated freely.  All body parts can be rotated in the horizontal plan through 360 degrees rotation.  In addition, axial, coronal, and sagittal slices can be taken through various levels of each joint or body part.  The app includes “pins” which already identify every possible structure of every layer.  In addition, most of the apps in the series include videos demonstrating relevant surgical procedures or common pathologies.  These demonstrations are very high quality.  The app includes a “pen” feature for drawing on the screen, however doodles are not saved and disappear once the pen is turned off.  There is even a separate button to turn vessels on and off.  Overall, the entire suite of 3D4Medical anatomy apps are the best anatomy models we have seen yet, based on their accuracy, level of control, and video demonstrations.  Ideal for health care students and possibly even for surgical preparation.

iPhone
iPad $12.99 Download
Android

Arthrosurface

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Products  // 

3D virtual knee models promoting Arthrosurface products.

Overall: 2
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

Arthrosurface has released this app presumably for patient education and demonstration of normal and abnormal knee kinematics.  The app is very simple and opens directly to the 3D image of their knee model.  Finger swipes allow for either 360 degree rotational manipulation or range of motion.  There are 3 views: normal, disease, and surgery.  You can also elect to view the implant alone.  Overall, the app is limited in functionality and as a demonstration of knee motion and implants, there are other apps with a much greater feature set.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

Biomet Bone Model

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Residents  // 

3D virtual bone models of Biomet’s knee, hip, and shoulder solutions.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Biomet enters the world of device apps with “Bone Model” as a way to educate patients and demonstrate their knee, hip, and shoulder implants.  Each module has a 3D model that can be spun 360 degrees in real time with a finger swipe.  A slider bar along the bottom of the screen manipulates joint motion, and pins over the model identify specific structures. Each module has different demonstrations of normal anatomy, damaged anatomy (osteoarthritis), and implants.  There are options to turn on/off bones, ligaments, cartilage, and annotations.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

Stryker ARIA Spine

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Patients, Products, Spine  // 

Animated and 3D models of the Stryker ARIA Spine system.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4+

Stryker has expanded their diverse collection of apps with an animated technique guide for their ARIA spine system.  The app, based on Visible Body technology, offers a walk-through of their equipment and procedure with the ability to change the camera orientation, zoom, show/remove anatomical parts or surgical equipment, and provides audio and text guidance to the user.  Overall, the use of interactive 3D models makes for a pleasant user interface that is very impressive.  The app would be most appropriate for trainees preparing for a case, an operating room tech familiarizing themselves with a procedure, or a patient who wants to better understand their operation.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

AAOS eBooks

Full-featured app for downloading and reading books in your AAOS bookshelf library. Text and images are all very clean and apps runs smoothly.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4+

AAOS eBooks, that provides mobile access to titles purchased from their web-based store. As of writing, the store includes 8 popular titles, but is expected to increase to over 30 titles within the next few months.  Unfortunately purchases cannot be made directly through the app, but rather must be paid for on the website.  In addition, although the app asks users to log in via their AAOS username and password, this is an error and rather users must register at the AAOS eBookstore website (www.ebooks.aaos.org) to gain login information. After logging in, users can view the books they have purchased and can download them selectively, ranging in size from about 10-80 Mb.  Once downloaded, the text viewer has typical options, including the ability to change the font, change text size, adjust brightness, highlight text, make notes, and place bookmarks.  The annotation functions are primitive, at best, and even the instructions for highlighting require 4 separate steps each time.  The books themselves are of high quality, text is crisp, and images are clear, however the user cannot increase the image size, which often prevents fully appreciating many of the detailed illustrations.  Because books are downloaded to the device, they are accessible even without internet access, which is a valuable feature.  The app is still primitive in its feature set and title selection.  In addition, some books, such as OKU 10, already ship with a CD that includes a digital PDF version of the book, which is much easier to read and annotate using any of the popular PDF readers for mobile devices.

iPhone
iPad Free* Download
Android

VCF Mobile

Sep 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Products, Spine, Trauma  // 

Free information about vertebral compression fractures from Medtronic, including a description of balloon kyphoplasty and the Medtronic VCF product line.

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3+

The app provides general information and images about vertebral compression fractures while simultaneously promoting Medtronic’s line of VCF products.  The app runs well, and is divided into various sections, such as VCF, Product Info, Literature, Requests, and Dr. Look-up.  The general VCF information is basic level information appropriate for patients and includes drawings and videos, as well as “risks of VCF.”  In addition, there is an expended information module about balloon kyphoplasty.  The product information section includes the ability to request waiting room brochures and study abtracts.  The literature section is actually quite useful, and has 5 selected studies (obviously supporting balloon kyphoplasty) with summaries of the findings and results. Overall, the app provides some information for patients and may help surgeons reference a small subset of the available literature and request patient information material.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android

JBJS ImageQuiz

Sep 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Reference, Residents, Study/Review, Top, Under $1  // 

Full-featured app including JBJS Image Quiz case reports, questions, images, and discussion about the case, the pathology, and appropriate treatment.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4+

This app provides access to JBJS’s bi-monthly “Image Quizzes” that appear in the printed journal.  The app is well-designed and easy to navigate. All cases are presented in thumbnail format and, as of writing, the current version includes 54 cases.  Each case includes 3 sections: Question, Answer, and Discussion.  The question section includes a detailed case history as well as a number of relevant images which load quickly and clearly on the iPad.  The “quiz” appears to the left of the screen with a single question and multiple-choice options.  Interestingly, the user has the option of choosing “how others chose” to see the answers selected by other quiz takers.  This can be done either before or after making your own selection.  Once an answer is submitted, the user automatically advances to the “answer” section if correct, and is presented with a brief explanation.  Selecting “learn more in the discussion,” provides a more thorough explanation of the disease process and relevant clinical pearls.    Overall, the app is very clear and runs smoothly on the device.  At a price of $0.99, the app is somewhat of an enigma.  To those who already subscribe to JBJS, it seems odd that the journal would charge for access to these cases. While, for those who do not currently have a subscription, $0.99 for unlimited clinical cases and explanations is a phenomenal value.

iPhone $0.99 Download
iPad $0.99 Download
Android

Bone and Joint

Full-featured app for reviewing and sharing JBJS (British), Bone & Joint Research, and Bone & Joint 360.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4+

The British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery has also leapt into the mobile world with Bone and Joint, an iPad and iPhone app for viewing their collection of publications: The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (British), Bone & Joint Research, and Bone & Joint360. The app is available for free, however the full text version requires either a personal subscription or institutional access.  The reading pane includes a sidebar for browsing the current or previous issue organized by table of contents.  When an article is selected, the user can either view “abstract” or “full text.”  The full-text version appears in a condensed format, with tables and figures accessible via direct links.  In addition, all references can be directly tapped to link directly to the abstract.  The user can also choose to “download PDF” which opens the document with options for full screen viewing as well as sharing.  The share feature is surprisingly functional: the app generates an email that attaches the full-text PDF article.  Other features contained within the app include the ability to view only images and figures, select articles as favorites, full-text search capabilities, and history browsing.  All three journals named above are viewed in the same format, however users only have access to journals that are specifically included in their personal or institutional access.  Overall, very smooth integration of multiple journals and institutional access.  The ability to directly attach PDF articles to emails is a very useful feature.

iPhone Free* Download
iPad Free* Download
Android

 

Biolox

Sep 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Business, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Products, Reference  // 

CeramTec’s product information app about their line of ceramic hip arthroplasty products with useful animated videos.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5

For surgeons who already use CeramTec products, or who are interested in learning more about ceramic technology, this app includes a lot of useful information.  Four products are highlighted: the ball, insert, DUO, and OPTION.  Each section includes product information, as well as tips, handling recommendations, brochures, and news.   A number of high quality animations are included and fun to watch.   The app also includes news articles and brochures from the company, which might be useful to some surgeons, but difficult to read on an iPhone.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

OrthoNow

Sep 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Patients  // 

Practice app for Dr. Badia’s walk-in orthopaedic clinic in South Florida.

Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 1

This practice-specific app is for Dr. Badia in South Florida. It includes information about the practice location, about the practice and surgeon, a brief description of services provided, some general FAQ questions, and contact information.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android

Meniscus Exercises

Sep 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Sports, Under $1  // 

A patient-focused app that provides information about meniscus tears and phase-oriented exercises for recovery.

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The developers of the meniscus exercises should certainly be applauded for creating an informative and useful app focused on patient care and physical therapy.  The implementation is average, and navigating the app is somewhat clunky at times.  General information about meniscus injuries is provided.  The app then includes exercises based on the phase of injury and level of “protection” required.  Definitive values are provided, for example, restricting the knee from 50-90 degrees of motion during “maximum protection.”  Each exercise is demonstrated with a pseudo-animation composed of a series of images that are reminiscent of early 1990s video games.  Many of the exercises are useful for patients, while others are unnecessary, such as the demonstration for “walking.”  Overall, the app is amusing at worst, and helpful for patients at best.  It does provide ideas for exercises in patients who have already been evaluated by a physician and desire a home exercise program.

iPhone $0.99 Download
iPad $0.99 Download
Android

 

iShoulder

Sep 1, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPhone Apps, Patients, Residents, Sports, Top, Under $5, Upper  // 

A full featured app with fantastic images and information for providers and patients, as well as a drawing utility and notes/calendar sections.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 4

This full-featured app contains a vast library of valuable images, text, and features that would be useful to surgeons, trainees, and patients.  The unassuming format includes sections for doctors, patients, and utilities.  Doctors have a number of choices, including anatomy, operative approaches, examination, tests, outcomes scores, and more.  Each category includes subsections with concise and relevant text and images.  For example, the operative approach section is very good, and includes detailed images useful for a quick review before a case; it even includes “dangers” to watch out for.  The Scores section includes a quick reference for the Constant, UCLA Shoulder, Rowe, ISIS, QuickDASH, and Oxford questionnaires.  Every section I explored included more and more useful information.  The “Patients” section is equally expansive with 10 of the most common categories of shoulder pathology presented with images and text.  Lastly, the utilities include a drawing board to demonstrate rotator cuff pathology, a voice notes recorder, personal text notes, and a calendar.  The practical utility of these functions is unclear, but I was impressed that the developer went through the effort to include these added features.  Overall, the app could benefit from a redesign, but the information hidden within the clunky navigation system is very good.

iPhone $3.99 Download
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