Columbus Radiology Launches Imaging Ordering App

January 19, 2012

New mobile app provides ordering physicians with guidelines and imaging ordering support on their smartphones.

A new mobile app provides ordering physicians with guidelines and image ordering support on their smartphones.

Interpretation services provider Columbus Radiology is launching the new app, aimed at helping primary-care physicians select the most appropriate imaging tests.

“The app offers a quick and easy-to-use tool for referencing ordering guidelines,” Amanda McNutt, director of clinical operations and business development at Columbus Radiology, said in a statement.

The app works on Andriods, iPhones, iPads, and other tablets, and provides a graphic interface matching patient indication with the pros and cons of each procedure. Users can search a specific term or browse indications by body part. They can also access a live radiologist 24-7 for report discussion or consultation, according to the company.

“Primary care physicians are currently faced with the challenge of deciphering new imaging technology and the pressure to reduce radiation exposure for patients. Smartphone ordering guidelines help referring physicians to order the most appropriate imaging exams for their patients,” said Jason Fox, radiologist and president of Columbus Radiology, said.

The app was designed with primary care physicians in mind, but can also be used as a resource for medical students and residents, Columbus Radiology officials said.
 

Unlike MIM Software’s mobile app for diagnostic X-ray and ultrasound viewing, this app doesn’t need FDA approval. The content is meant for educational purposes, and the app isn’t used to transmit patient-specific information or images, or sync to any FDA-regulated device, according to McNutt.