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Two Medical Winners of Apple Design Awards 2008

The Apple Design Awards is a special event taking place at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The event is meant to recognize technical excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievement in software development. This year, two medical applications managed to win awards.

MIM for iPhone, which I presented in an earlier post, is Best iPhone Healthcare & Fitness Application.
MIM software for iPhone

MIM for iPhone is a revolutionary medical imaging application that provides multi-planar reconstruction of fused data sets such as PET/CT, which are crucial in diagnosing cancer. MIM lets physicians retrieve patient images wirelessly on their iPhone or iPod touch, manipulate and adjust them using simple gestures to isolate crucial pieces of data, and gather important data for a patient diagnosis on their rounds. MIM’s features include true dynamic multi-modality image fusion, multi-planar volumetric image reconstruction, linear measurement tools, Quantitative Standardized Uptake Value ROI, fusion blending between PET/CT and PET/MR, and display of PET, CT, MR, and Nuclear Medicine images. MIM takes advantage of technologies including Core Animation, Foundation/Core Foundation, UIKit, WebKit, and the accelerometer.

Macnification 1.0 won the award of Best Mac OS X Leopard User Experience.

Macnification

Working with scientific images has never been easier or more rewarding than with Macnification 1.0, the new scientific image management solution for Mac OS X Leopard. Analogous to an Aperture for digital microscopy, Macnification helps scientists, engineers, and academicians import, organize, annotate, analyze, modify, compare, and publish huge volumes of microscopic images in a wide variety of formats. Macnification takes advantage of the advanced capabilities and efficiencies of Objective-C 2.0 and leverages an abundance of Mac OS X frameworks, including Image Kit for image handling and display, Core Image for fast, non-destructive image modification, QTKit for the creation and display of time-lapse Quick Time movies, Core Animation for live-updating stack views, and Core Data for automatic data saving and the implementation of Macnification’s complex relational data model.

Macnification also goes the extra mile and integrates with numerous Mac OS X technologies allowing users to search for images using Spotlight, preview images using Quick Look, export image measurements to Numbers (and Excel), and back up their entire image library with Time Machine. What really puts Macnification over the top is its gorgeous, easy-to-use user interface. Closely adhering to Apple’s Mac OS X Human Interface Guidelines, Macnification focuses on exactly what its audience needs, while surprising and delighting users with its subtle use of animation, appropriate use of transparency, and unwavering attention to aesthetic details.

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Native medical applications for iPhone

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is taking place this week in San Francisco. Today, as a part of it, we saw yet another legendary keynote from Steve Jobs. It was all about the new iPhone, which is now faster, richer with new features and more affordable. Substantial part of the keynote was dedicated to the developers of native applications for iPhone, who had the chance to demonstrate their applications soon to be available through the iPhone app store. App store is launching in a month and will enable you to download and install third party applications to your iPhone. These are some great news for all iPhone users, but especially to those interested in medicine. It seams that we have a lot to look for, as some great applications will be awaiting for us as soon as the app store opens.

Two applications presented at today’s keynote were related to medicine, and you can see a video of these demonstrations at the end of this post.

Modality will offer interactive flash cards for medical students, but also a lot more. On their website they also prepared a lot of other interactive learning applications for medical students, as well as healthcare professionals. What a great way to learn!

MIMvista has, on the other hand, presented a really powerful radiology application. It is incredible that such an application can run so smoothly on a phone. Currently there are no additional information on their website about this iPhone application, but you can learn more about their applications for PC’s to give you a general idea what to expect.

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