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Orthokeys

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

Orthokeys is an innovative orthopaedic app with a variety of tools ranging from  a thorough library of fracture classifications, a templating program based on known  classification patterns and a note section that allows you to share cases with others. The most impressive feature of the app is a clever photo tool that allows you to template fracture patterns using the injury classification library and layer it on top of the xray all on your iPhone or iPad. I applaud the developer for including both pediatric and adult fracture patterns making this one of the few apps to include pediatric fracture classification. However once you have templated the fracture pattern you are not able to template implants to help assess which size hardware you may need. Additional tools include an online Orthopaedic browser that does not have strong search capability and a surgical implant directory that lacks much needed information. Overall, this app has many useful features which could be more thorough and integrated better with the rest of the app.

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FRAX

A digital and mobile tool for calculating the FRAX score.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 3

This app is a very useful and free tool for calculating the WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX).   Created by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and Doctot, the app is intuitive and simple to use.   The app includes a detailed section about FRAX and its purpose: to calculate a patient’s 10-year probably of fracture based on BMD – and references have been provided.  To use the actual assessment tool, select “start the test.”  The app then walks you through a series of 14 questions on the FRAX, such as age, gender, ethnicity, weight, height, history of fractures, co-morbidities (smoking, steroids, RA, osteoporosis, alcohol), type of fracture, and T-score.  The final result is a FRAX score that estimates the risk of fracture based on the validated tool.  Users can then save the score with a patient’s name. Overall, this very simple app is both validated and effective and should be highly considered for anyone who already uses FRAX in their office.

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AAOS Musculoskeletal Exam – Knee

Aug 31, 2013   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Recent Reviews, Residents, Sports, Students, Under $10  // 

Simple app to learn the knee exam and special tests

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

I commend the AAOS’ effort to create mobile educational material for students and trainees, which includes this simple app for learning the knee exam and special tests.  This app has a very simple structural layout in list form that presents the knee exam: inspection, muscles, range of motion, and special tests.  Each part of the exam includes a description, instructions and video.  The special tests include information about specificity and sensitivity and include a short reference list.  However, despite the useful information presented here, the app is bare and lacks much depth.  The user interface is unfortunately too simple, and the overall content includes only 20 total exam maneuvers.  At a cost of $9, this is quite a high price considering other apps that include more information and detail at a better value.  I hope that this app will be expanded upon and improved in future versions.

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AAOS Musculoskeletal Exam – Shoulder

May 4, 2013   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Sports, Under $10, Upper  // 

Simple app to learn shoulder exam and special tests

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

I commend the AAOS’ effort to create mobile educational material for students and trainees, the first of which is this simple app for learning the shoulder exam and special tests.  This app has a very simple structural layout in list form that presents the shoulder exam: inspection, muscles, range of motion, and special tests.  Each part of the exam includes a description, instructions and video.  The special tests include information about specificity and sensitivity and include a short reference list.  However, despite the useful information presented here, the app is bare and lacks much depth.  The user interface is unfortunately too simple, and the overall content includes only 30 total exam maneuvers.  At a cost of $9, this is quite a high price considering other apps that include more information and detail at a better value.  I hope that this app will be expanded upon and improved in future versions.

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iBones

Feb 20, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2

Created by Buffeln.Net, this app is an expansion of the existing online testing platform based in German.  However, the app presents information in Latin and English, as well as German, and includes options for changing the language.  The organization includes iBones, the primary review module, which includes 74 images of bones with multiple choice questions.   Only names of the entire bones are included, not more advanced bony anatomy.  Other modules include statistics and search functions, as well as “specials,” which advertises coupons for the website.  Overall, this app is a cartoon-based basic bone quiz that would be most appropriate for elementary school children who want to learn about different bones in the body.  Bottom line: consider downloading this app for your kids.

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BoneTest Miscellaneous 11

Feb 20, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, iPhone Apps, Lower, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Trauma, Tumor, Under $10  // 
Overall: 2-
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 1

Part of an entire suite of BoneTest apps created for test review, the Miscellaneous app includes 50 questions that cover Trauma, Oncology, Basic Science, and Foot & Ankle topics.  The app is simplistically organized as a list of questions, labeled from 1-50.  There is no “test” mode or a way to randomize the question order.  Selecting any given question presents the question and answer options (standard multiple choice, true false, fill-in-the-blank, etc.) with associated images, when appropriate.  Questions and answer choices are clearly presented, but the question format does not reflect OITE or OSAS questions despite many of the questions appearing to be most appropriate for orthopaedic residents and surgeons (too advanced for students, in many cases).  One nice feature is that a brief explanation is provided for every answer choice (incorrect as well correct answers).  References have been provided for every question, but are often vague, and refer only to a book (OKU 9) without chapter or page number.  Lastly, a significant limitation of this app is that once an answer is selected, it can never be “unselected,” implying that this app is “one time use, only.”  Overall, this app is too advanced for students, but is not ideally organized for residents or surgeons by not allowing for question randomization or resetting the questions.

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Knee Pain

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 2+
Coolness: 3

Knee Pain is an app “course” created by Dr. Eric Gozna to teach his mnemonic for the 10 most common sources of knee pain: “four thought” on the knee.  The app is actually a narrated slideshow format that auto-advances through 55 slides of informational slides that include descriptions of the anatomy, as well as information about the pathology, the presentation, the diagnosis and treatment.  Some slides include video examples of a clinical exam, and some slides include review questions to reinforce concepts and lessons.  The concept of the app is novel.  Dr. Gozna’s credentials are listed on the site (an orthopaedic surgeon in Canada), however the information presented may be more credible if endorsed by an orthopaedic society.  Overall, the presentation is clear and may be most useful to students, non-orthopaedic providers, or patients interested in learning more about knee pain in a community-based practice.

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Tumorpedia Soft Tissue

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is the “Soft Tissue” version in the Tumorpedia series, a collection of apps that serve as an encyclopedia of orthopaedic oncology.  This version includes over 14 orthopaedic soft tissue tumors.  Each topic is divided into general information, incidence and demographics, xrays, MRI, CT, pathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment.  The amount of information presented for each topic is variable, but generally a specific and informative overview of the topic is included.  The images are especially useful for demonstrating “typical” appearances on imaging exams and pathologic specimens.   The app also includes an “updated” feature, suggesting that the database may undergo regular updates in the future.  It appears that images are downloaded in real-time from a server, thus the app is of limited use when no WiFi or wireless data signal is available. As a result, some of the images did not load during my testing.  Overall, this series of orthopaedic tumor information is an inexpensive and useful reference for orthopaedic trainees, nurses, and other medical providers who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal tumors.  Because this is a first version, hopefully future versions will be available with improved functionality.

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Android $2.99 Download

Tumorpedia Foot and Ankle

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is the “Foot and Ankle” version in the Tumorpedia series, a collection of apps that serve as an encyclopedia of orthopaedic oncology based on www.bonetumor.org.  This version includes 23 orthopaedic foot and ankle tumors.  Each topic is divided into general information, incidence and demographics, xrays, MRI, CT, pathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment.  The amount of information presented for each topic is variable, but generally a specific and informative overview of the topic is included.  The images are especially useful for demonstrating “typical” appearances on imaging exams and pathologic specimens.   The app also includes an “updated” feature, suggesting that the database may undergo regular updates in the future.  It appears that images are downloaded in real-time from a server, thus the app is of limited use when no WiFi or wireless data signal is available. As a result, some of the images did not load during my testing.  Overall, this series of orthopaedic tumor information is an inexpensive and useful reference for orthopaedic trainees, nurses, and other medical providers who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal tumors.  Because this is a first version, hopefully future versions will be available with improved functionality.

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Tumorpedia Espanol

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is the “Espanol” version in the Tumorpedia series, a collection of apps that serve as an encyclopedia of orthopaedic oncology based on www.bonetumor.org.  This version includes over 100 orthopaedic tumors with complete information in Spanish.  Each topic is divided into general information, incidence and demographics, xrays, MRI, CT, pathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment.  The amount of information presented for each topic is variable, but generally a specific and informative overview of the topic is included.  The images are especially useful for demonstrating “typical” appearances on imaging exams and pathologic specimens.   The app also includes an “updated” feature, suggesting that the database may undergo regular updates in the future.  It appears that images are downloaded in real-time from a server, thus the app is of limited use when no WiFi or wireless data signal is available. As a result, some of the images did not load during my testing.  Overall, this series of orthopaedic tumor information is an inexpensive and useful reference for orthopaedic trainees, nurses, and other medical providers who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal tumors.  Because this is a first version, hopefully future versions will be available with improved functionality.

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Android $2.99 Download

Tumorpedia Bone

Feb 20, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Reference, Residents, Study/Review, Top, Tumor, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 4-
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is the “Bone” version in the Tumorpedia series, a collection of apps that serve as an encyclopedia of orthopaedic oncology based on www.bonetumor.org.  This version includes over 70 orthopaedic bone tumors.  Each topic is divided into general information, incidence and demographics, xrays, MRI, CT, pathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment.  The amount of information presented for each topic is variable, but generally a specific and informative overview of the topic is included.  The images are especially useful for demonstrating “typical” appearances on imaging exams and pathologic specimens.   The app also includes an “updated” feature, suggesting that the database may undergo regular updates in the future.  It appears that images are downloaded in real-time from a server, thus the app is of limited use when no WiFi or wireless data signal is available. As a result, some of the images did not load during my testing.  Overall, this series of orthopaedic tumor information is an inexpensive and useful reference for orthopaedic trainees, nurses, and other medical providers who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal tumors.  Because this is a first version, hopefully future versions will be available with improved functionality.

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RealWorld Orthopaedics

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3+

Created by physicians and medical students at the Universite de Sherbrooke, this is one of the best musculoskeletal radiology apps available. The app is organized into subheadings: Medical, Technical, and Chapters.  Although not intuitively named, each section contains an abundance of information medical and radiology information.  For example, the Medical section includes a listing of about 150 radiographic fractures and dislocations, with each topic including 1-2 different patient cases.  Selecting a patient includes high-resolution images of the named pathology.  The most valuable and impressive part of the app, however, is the “eye” icon which overlays colorful highlighting directly over the radiograph with associated annotations (“glasses” icon) to explain the important radiographic findings.  This feature, alone, is impressive.  An information icon also links directly to reading material found in the Chapter section.  The Technical and Chapter sections include the same library of patients and images, but organized in a different way.  The most notable feature this app lacks is a “search” function that can quickly search for a fracture or dislocation of choice.  Overall, a very well-made and impressive app that would be useful to any medical student, intern, or junior resident that needs to learn about musculoskeletal radiology.

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iPrevent Running Injuries

Feb 3, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, iPhone Apps, Patients, Sports, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

 

Created by two orthopaedic surgeons, this app is a video focused on patient education regarding stretching, strengthening, and agility exercises to prevent running injuries.  The app design is simple, and includes a single video about 20 minutes long, as well as contact information for the website www.sportsipa.com (sports injury prevention academy).  The video itself is well-narrated and well-produced and demonstrates many useful stretching and strengthening activities.  In addition, narration by the two orthopaedic surgeon developers explain the purpose and motivation for developing this course.  Overall, this app can be very useful to any patient/athlete interested in preventing running injuries.  Unlike other apps, the developers are board-certified orthopaedic surgeons, thereby lending credibility to the recommendations.

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iPrevent ACL Injuries

Feb 3, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, iPhone Apps, Patients, Sports, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

 

Created by two orthopaedic surgeons, this app is a video focused on patient education regarding stretching, strengthening, and agility exercises to prevent ACL injuries.  The app design is simple, and includes a single video about 18 minutes long, as well as contact information for the website www.sportsipa.com (sports injury prevention academy).  The video itself is well-narrated and well-produced and demonstrates many useful stretching and strengthening activities.  In addition, narration by the two orthopaedic surgeon developers explain the purpose and motivation for developing this course.  Overall, this app can be very useful to any patient/athlete interested in preventing ACL injuries.  Unlike other apps, the developers are board-certified orthopaedic surgeons, thereby lending credibility to the recommendations.

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Orthopaedics Pro

Feb 2, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Residents, Study/Review, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 2+
Functionality: 2+
Coolness: 2

 

This app is an attempt at an all-inclusive orthopaedics study tool.  The menu is organized into flashcards, true/fales (500 questions) and single best answer (106 questions).  The flashcards are not merely “factoids” of information, rather they are complete paragraphs of text information for every subject.  The app certainly contains a lot of information, but is also difficult to navigate at times.  The information is inconsistent, and at times impressive.  For example, the subheading “calcaneus fracture” includes reference to normal Bohler’s angle and normal Angle of Gissane.  It also includes Sander’s classification (text only), Zwipp classification, principles of fixation, reports Letournel’s results, and provides Essex-Lopresti’s subtypes.  However, the format is difficult to read and organize in one’s mind.  The true/false section is a sequential series of true/false questions that must be completed in order.  The single best answer section must also be completed in order.  Both of these sections suffer from a poor user interface, however the questions and explanations are good and very complete. Overall, the app is a good first attempt at a review/flashcard app, but would greatly benefit from an interface overhaul which is currently the apps greatest weakness.

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iJoints

Feb 2, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

 

This app has taken images from the Visible Human Project ™ to recreate axial, coronal, and sagittal slice images of a cadaveric hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, and wrist.  The app was created by a board certified radiologist, and the functionality is strictly limited to anatomy identification (no added information about anatomical origins, insertion, or inervation).  Navigation is intuitive from the main menu, with joints separated by the types of slices.  Each section includes about 9-12 slices for each joint.  After selecting a slice, options include mirror image (left/right), adding/removing labels, labeling muscles, bones, vessels, or “other,” and advancing a slide. The images are very clear, and all relevant anatomy is labeled. In addition to reviewing by joint, a search function allows for the user to enter any structure and will return every slice that includes the named structure. Lastly, a quiz function also exists that is organized by joint/slice. The quiz shows an image with labelled anatomy and asks you to identify a particular structure (multiple choice). If incorrect, the user is shown the correct answer, as well as the name of the structure that was incorrectly selected. Overall, this app seems most appropriate for students learning anatomy, and especially with regard to radiology-oriented slices for 3D imaging (coronal, axial, and sagittal).  Thus, the app would be greatly beneficial for improving CT and MRI identification, but how this may transfer to surgical anatomy is not as clear.

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Shoulder Pain

Feb 2, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Reference, Students, Under $10, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 2+
Coolness: 3

 

Shoulder Pain is an app “course” created by Dr. Eric Gozna to teach his mnemonic for the six most common causes of shoulder pain: FACTSS.  The app is actually a narrated slideshow format that auto-advances through 71 slides of informational slides that include descriptions of each pathology, as well as information about the pathology, the presentation, the diagnosis and treatment.  Some slides include video examples of a clinical exam, and some slides include review questions to reinforce concepts and lessons.  The concept of the app is novel.  Dr. Gozna’s credentials are listed on the site (an orthopaedic surgeon in Canada), however the information presented may be more credible if endorsed by an orthopaedic society.  Overall, the presentation is clear and may be most useful to students, non-orthopaedic providers, or patients interested in learning more about shoulder pain in a community-based practice.

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Android $10.07 Download

 

Orthopedics Encyclopedia

Jan 15, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Reference, Students, Study/Review, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 2+
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2+

 

This app attempts to serve as a limited orthopedic encyclopedia.  In that regard, it accomplishes its goal as a first-stop overview for a variety of broad orthopaedic conditions and diseases.  The app includes 21 topics, such as the human skeleton, clubfoot, orthotics, knee, tendon, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.  One immediately recognizes that the selection of included topics and joints seems quite arbitrary.  Selecting any individual topic, however, returns an incredibly detailed and complete description of any particular topic with a series of sub-headings and associated images.  For example, the topic “Muscle” includes subheadings such as embryology, muscle types, anatomy, physiology, nervous control, exercise, disease, atrophy, strength, efficiency, and evolution.  The data presented includes very specific information, such as the precise density of muscle or skeletal muscle metabolism at rest.  However, despite this impressive collection of data, the unusual organization of the topics and the document-like format of the information prevents easy reference of information.  Without a search function, this app offers little more  than the title suggests: a single-use orthopaedic encyclopedia, but cannot function as a versatile reference.  Overall, the app may be useful to a student interested in musculoskeletal medicine interested in reading a brief overview of a variety of orthopaedic topics.

 

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eSplint

Jan 15, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Students, Top, Trauma, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

 

This app is clearly a must-have guide for any primary care, urgent care, or emergency care provider by providing simple step-by-step instructions for splint application.  In addition, junior residents in musculoskeletal medicine fields, such as orthopaedic surgery or podiatry, may also find this to be a useful refresher for the application of splints.  The app is very simply organized into headings such as Splint Technique, Coaptation, Sugar Tong, etc. and provides a text and image guide for the application of each splint type.  The guide briefly lists a few indications for that particular splints, includes a text description with associated images, provides a very good brief video demonstrating application of the splint, and even includes patient education instructions for splint care!  Overall, this application is very useful to a variety of practitioners.  At such a great price, I cannot think of a reason why anyone who might need to apply a splint would not download this very simple and useful reference tool.

 

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OITE Buzzwords

Jan 14, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Residents, Study/Review, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 1
Functionality: 1
Coolness: 2+

 

This app, available only for iPhone and Android, is marketed as a “buzzword” study guide for the orthopaedic in-training exam (OITE).  The app is divided into 4 sections: index, about, quiz, and contact.  The index lists 51 buzzwords, such as zebra lines, throckmorton sign, sausage digit, pancake vertebra, etc.  Unfortunately, when testing on an iPhone 4S device the content did not load for all of the content sections resulting in a blank screen.  For screens in which content did load, images required up to 30 seconds to load, and text often required 10 seconds to load.  The information provided for each topic is brief (2-5 sentences).  No references of additional information is provided for any of the  topics.  The quiz section includes a gallery of thumbnail images that can be selected. Once again, the images take up to 30 seconds to load, thereby negating the purpose of the app for quickly reviewing buzzwords.  In addition, the answers to the image pathology would not appear, and in some cases the images did not appear at all. The contact section provides a phone number, email and website: www.bonetumor.org.  Interestingly, the site appears to be an incredibly detailed, expansive, and valuable listing of bone tumors and their presentation, diagnosis, and treatment accompanied by xray and pathologic images.  Overall, this app appears to address a need among residents for OITE studying, however the implementation ranges from painfully slow to entirely non-functional, rendering this app useless at this point.  I do hope that future versions become more stable and useful since this is a great idea for OITE studying.

 

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OITE Tumor

Jan 14, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Residents, Study/Review, Tumor, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 1
Functionality: 1
Coolness: 2+

 

This app, available only for iPhone and Android, is marketed as a “buzzword” study guide for the orthopaedic in-training exam (OITE) tumor topics.  The app is divided into 5 sections: about, index, flashcards, quiz, and contact.  The index lists 78 tumor buzzwords, such as zebra lines, PNET, Batson’s Plexus, Codman triangle, etc.  Unfortunately, when testing on an iPhone 4S device the app ran very slow and crashed at times, despite its very limited content (text and images).  For screens in which content did load, images were presented with a text description that include spelling errors at times.  The information provided for each topic is brief (2-5 sentences).  No references of additional information is provided for any of the topics.  The flashcards present a gallery of thumbnail images for selection. Once again, the images take up to 30 seconds to load, and some do not load at all, thereby negating the purpose of the app for quickly reviewing buzzwords.  In addition, the answers to the image pathology would not appear, and thus there is no way to check one’s knowledge against the real answer. The quiz section includes a listing of topics with a complete question stem and multiple choice answers and explanations.  Only 10 questions are included.  The contact section provides a phone number, email and website: www.bonetumor.org.  Interestingly, the site appears to be an incredibly detailed, expansive, and valuable listing of bone tumors and their presentation, diagnosis, and treatment accompanied by xray and pathologic images.  Overall, this app appears to address a need among residents for OITE studying, however the implementation ranges from painfully slow to entirely non-functional, rendering this app useless at this point.  I do hope that future versions become more stable and useful since this is a great idea for OITE studying.

 

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Scores-ODI

Dec 27, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Under $10  // 
Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

 

The developers of Scores-ODI have elegantly converted the standard Oswestry Disability Index clinical questionnaire into an intuitive and easy-to-use iPhone and iPad app. The app offers no surprises, and has the added benefit of being available in both English and French.  After entering the patient’s name, the user is seamlessly walked through each question of the survey with instructions for how to answer each question.  The results are then saved in the device and the app suggest that the data can then be emailed in a .csv file.  Unfortunately, when testing the save/email features, I found that the iPad version has a bug that did not email the actual scores, which renders the email function useless.  In addition, on the iPhone version, the email .csv file did not appear to send an accurate score.  Thus, the app could benefit from some increased functionality that would likely be useful in a research setting. Overall, the app is a very good use of technology to assist with recording patient outcomes and could have significant potential time-savings in the research settings since data is recorded and saved digitally.

 

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AgingSpine

Nov 14, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine, Top, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

AgingSpine is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about degenerative spine anatomy while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease, kyphosis, degenerative scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar stenosis, and cervical stenosis.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions.  Overall, AgingSpine is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic conditions.

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ShoulderDecide

Nov 14, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Sports, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

ShoulderDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about shoulder anatomy while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include rotator cuff tear, bursitis, impingement, calcific tendinitis, glenohumeral arthritis, acromioclavicular arthritis, instability, proximal humeral fractures, clavicle fractures, AC separation, frozen shoulder, and biceps tendon tears & tendinitis.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions.  Overall, ShoulderDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic conditions.

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KneeDecide

Nov 14, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Sports, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

KneeDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about knee bone, tendon, meniscus, and ligament anatomy while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include meniscal tear, ACL tear, MCL injuries, PCL tear, patellofemoral chondrosis, tibiofemoral chondrosis, chondral lesions, advanced arthritis, lateral patellar compression syndrome, patellar dislocation, patellar tendonitis, Osgood-Schlatter disease, iliotibial band syndrome, mechanical disorders, and fractures.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions.  Overall, KneeDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic conditions.

iPhone $1.99 Download
iPad $4.99 Download
Android

SportsMed

Nov 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Sports, Top, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 3
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 1

SportsMed joins the series of RSS-feed apps to organize sports medicine-related abstracts into a single app.  Like other apps in this series (BoneFeed, BoneCast, HandFeed), the user can personalize which RSS feeds are presented along the home row from a list of feeds included with the app.  For SportsMed, the list includes AJSM, Arthroscopy, Sports Med Arthr, Brit J Sports Med, and a variety of other feeds.  The feeds allow the user to review an abstract, view the full text article directly from the journal website (if you have online access), post comments, or share the paper via Twitter, Facebook, or email.  Overall, this app is a simple and intuitive way to keep up-to-date with the latest sports publications.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android $1.99 Download

Scoligauge

Nov 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPhone Apps, Pediatrics, Residents, Spine, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Part of the goniometer series developed by Ockendon.net, scoligauge uses the iPhone’s internal accelerometer to mimic a scoliometer.  The user first calibrates the device on a level surface, and then chooses to measure the angle based on the device’s position on an object or based on the camera image. The app shows a very realistic scoliometer model during the measurement.   Overall, the app relies on the accuracy of your iPhone’s internal accelerometer, but the app does what it says and allows for precise and objective measurements when a standard scoliometer is unavailable.

iPhone $0.99 Download
iPad
Android

Forearm Goniometer

Nov 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPhone Apps, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 3

Part of the goniometer series developed by Ockendon.net, forearm goniometer expands upon the functionality of simple goniometer to use the iPhone’s internal accelerometer for measuring forearm pronation/supination.  Although no instructions are provided, it seems that the user should be holding the iPhone in their right or left hand. When ready, the user selects the proper hand on the screen, and then proceeds to fully supinate/pronate one direction, and then the other direction.  The app records the limits of each motion and saves the data on the screen.  Although accuracy depends on the calibration of your devices internal electronics, the app does include the ability to calibrate itself on a level surface.  In addition, motion within the hand or wrist could account for subjective variation between subjects.  Overall, the app does what it says and allows for precise and objective measurements when a standard goniometer is unavailable.

iPhone $4.99 Download
iPad
Android

Knee Goniometer

Nov 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPhone Apps, Lower, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Part of the goniometer series developed by Ockendon.net, knee goniometer expands upon the functionality of simple goniometer to do exactly what it says: it uses the iPhone’s internal accelerometer to mimic a goniometer for clinical measurements.  The app includes prompting the user to select which side is being tested and the side that the examiner is standing on.  The app only has three functions: set, hold, and reset.  Although accuracy depends on the calibration of your devices internal electronics, the app does what it says and allows for precise and objective measurements when a standard goniometer is unavailable.

iPhone $4.99 Download
iPad
Android

Simple Goniometer

Nov 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, Residents, Students, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Part of the goniometer series developed by Ockendon.net, simple goniometer does exactly what it says: it uses the iPhone’s internal accelerometer to mimic a goniometer for clinical measurements.  The app only has three functions: set, hold, and reset.  Although accuracy depends on the calibration of your devices internal electronics, the app does what it says and allows for precise and objective measurements when a standard goniometer is unavailable.

iPhone $0.99 Download
iPad
Android

HandDecide

Nov 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

HandDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about hand anatomy in different regions of the hand and wrist while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist injury, TFCC, thumb base arthritis, de Quervain’s tendonitis, skier’s thumb, ganglion cyst, mallet finger, dupuytren’s contracture, trigger finger, and flexor tendon injury.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Video and audio recordings are also included to narrate the text and demonstrate surgical procedures. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions and this particular app expands the selection to include a physical therapist, plastic surgeon, and manicurist.  Overall, HandDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic hand conditions.  At only $1.99 this application is a great value for the amount of information included.

iPhone $1.99 Download
iPad $4.99 Download
Android

FootDecide

Nov 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

FootDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about foot anatomy in different regions of the foot and ankle while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include Achilles tendonitis/Haglund’s deformity, ankle and subtalar arthritis, peroneal tendonitis/tear, bunionette (taylor’s bunion), Morton’s neuroma, hammer toe, interdigital callus, metatarsalgia, tarsometatarsal arthritis, stress fracture/reaction, ankle sprain, second MTP instability, bunion (hallux valgus), plantar fasciitis, and posterior tibial tendinosis.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions and this particular app expands the selection to include an orthotist, cobbler, and pedicurist.  Overall, FootDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic foot conditions.

iPhone $1.99 Download
iPad $4.99 Download
Android

SpineDecide

Nov 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

SpineDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about spine anatomy while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include cervical bulge, cervical herniation, cervical stenosis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar bulge, lumber herniation, lumbar stenosis, degenerative disc disease, kyphosis, and scoliosis.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions.  Overall, SpineDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic conditions.

iPhone $4.99 Download
iPad $4.99 Download
Android

Eponyms

Oct 3, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Medical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Reference, Students, Under $10, Under $5  // 

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 2+

This app does exactly what it advertises: it organizes and defines medical eponyms based on specialty.  The user can view all eponyms, or you can choose to sort by topic.  Orthopedics has its own heading with about 150 common eponyms for diseases, fractures, signs, and clinical exam tests.  This app may not be particularly useful to a orthopaedic provider, however for a medical student rotating on an orthopaedic service, this can be a very handy reference guide.  Explanations are very short and do not provide much detail.  However, there is a good search feature that searches the eponym title, as well as its description.  For example, searching for “supra” returns the Hawkin’s sign because the definition notes that it tests for supraspinatus tendon impingement.  The user can also mark eponyms as “favorites.”  When not limiting the search to orthopedics, the app has over 1700 eponyms!  While not the most useful to residents or surgeons, this app would be very useful to medical students or interns.

Cost: Free (for students) or $1.99
Download Eponyms Here

Ortho Traumapedia

Sep 28, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Upper  // 

Quick reference for on-call trauma related to fractures and dislocations
 

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

This app is the ideal complement to any student, resident, fellow, or attending taking general orthopaedic trauma call.  The app has a simple and intuitive user interface separated into either dislocations or fractures and organized by bone, joint, or region.  Each topic is then divided into the same four sub-topics: facts, image, classify, and treat.  With an easy-to-read bullet format, the user can quickly glean the most critical facts about a particular fracture, answer common “pimp” questions, understand how to interpret the radiology, and review various classification systems for a particular injury.  One of the most useful features are the images which include very clear lines, arrows, and circles overlying normal and injury radiographs to teach the user how to evaluate and interpret injury films.  Overall, the material appears to be consistent with most other orthopaedic trauma texts, although no references are provided.

iPhone $9.99 Download
iPad
Android $9.99 Download

MedCalc

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

Everyone needs a good medical calculator on their smartphone, and MedCalc is my personal favorite based on the plethora of built-in equations.  The app has a very intuitive interface that can be easily navigated by users with any level of experience.  In addition, equations are organized by subject, alphabetically, and allows the user to easily mark his or her “favorites” for quick reference.  Some of the most useful tools that I have found include the opioid conversion tool, the dermatome distribution map, and the ISS calculation.  The app is also offered as MedCalc Pro for iPad and includes a full-size HD version with additional resources.  At $0.99 or $4.99, this app is a good option for someone that does not yet have their favorite medical calculator app.

Cost: $0.99 for MedCalc (iPhone); $4.99 for MedCalc Pro (iPad)
Download MedCalc (iPhone) Here
Download MedCalc Pro (iPad) Here

BoneCast

Sep 26, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Residents, Top, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4+

From the same makers of Bone Feed and Hand Feed, two apps that present RSS text feeds, this app is the cool older brother than instead summarizes and presents audio feeds (podcasts) and video feesd (vodcasts) from the most popular orthopaedic sources.  This includes JBJS Am, JBJS Br, AOSSM, Brit J Sp Med, HSS Ortho and others.  The app allows you to stream high-quality video and audio directly to your device with a nearly non-existent lag or delay, depending on your internet connection speed.  Functionally, this app is limited by the fact that podcasts usually require you to insert headphones to adequately listen to the presentation; however the fact that you can stream orthopaedic video directly to your device is certainly going to “wow” your colleagues.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android $1.99 Download

BoneFeed

Sep 24, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Residents, Students, Top, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 3
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 1

Similar to its close relatives, HandFeed and SportsMed, this app is an RSS reader for orthopaedic-related publications.  The user can customize the feeds that are presented, including JBJS-Am, JBJS-Br, CORR, JHS-Am, Spine, JPO, and many more.  The feeds allow the user to review an abstract, view the full text article directly from the journal website (if you have online access), post comments, or share the paper via Twitter, Facebook, or email.  Overall, this app is a simple and intuitive way for orthopaedic surgeons to keep up-to-date with the latest publications 24-hours a day.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android $1.99 Download

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