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Heroic iPod Helps Doctors Save Lives

January 3, 2005 by

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iPod Helps Radiologists Manage Medical Images:

The iPod is not just for music any more. Radiologists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and their colleagues at other institutions from as far away as Europe and Australia are now using iPod devices to store medical images.

“This is what we call using off the shelf, consumer market technology,” says Osman Ratib, M.D., Ph.D., professor and vice-chairman of radiologic services at UCLA. “Technology coming from the consumer market is changing the way we do things in the radiology department.”

Dr. Ratib and Antoine Rosset, M.D., a radiologist in Geneva, Switzerland, recently developed OsiriX, Macintosh-based software for display and manipulation of complex medical image data.

Are the tricorders of Star Trek far off?

Via Medgadget.

{ 8 comments }

Jonathan Dingel January 3, 2005 at 2:22 pm

An iPod is just a small, battery-powered external hard drive. Why are you surprised when it’s used by radiologists to store images instead of teenagers to carry music?

Tim Swanson January 3, 2005 at 3:08 pm

I normally don’t think of egg-head researchers as the kind of people that would purchase, let alone use an iPod — and then design useful software for it. The geek in me is reminded once again of the documentary: Triumph of the Nerds.

Vanmind January 3, 2005 at 5:34 pm

Hell, once upon a time telephones were nothing but “geek fashion.”

I am reminded of a line I used ten years ago:

“The biggest myth about the internet of the 21st Century is that it will be dominated by Computer Scientists.”

Matt January 4, 2005 at 9:58 am

This reminds me of the “news” item that Peter Jackson used an iPod to store the dailies from the Lord of the Rings movies. It’s less news and more Apple promotion — ANY portable harddrive could be used to store images, movies, music, whatever; but the Apple brand name is always front-and-center. Instead of saying “doctors use small portable drives to save lives”, it is “iPods save lives”. Give me a break. I smell promotional fluff news but nobody else seems to…

I’ve got a no-name USB drive that I take with me everywhere that has 200Gigs of info on it. It cost me HALF of what an iPod would — I researched it diligently before buying. But my solution, the BETTER solution, won’t make the headlines because it’s not “Apple”. I don’t see the iPod’s competitors getting hype like this, though they all have similar capabilities, often at lower prices.

We’ve long since entered the era of “advertising disguised as news”. The “news” companies have long since demonstrated their willingness to sell out to the highest bidder, whether it’s the Republican Party or a large multinational seeking to promote their new flagship product.

Tim Swanson January 4, 2005 at 2:17 pm

Such a killjoy : (

To be fair, I’m unfamiliar with any other USB or portable drive that has the same size/form factor/capabilities as the iPod Photo and thus is unable to do what the radiologists want.

I get your point though and think it is somewhat valid, Mises.org owns millions of shares of Apple stock. Buy an iPod.

Matt January 4, 2005 at 4:37 pm

Sorry, Tim, my bad. If I’m helping Mises… ;-)

Although I would have preferred if you had told me to buy AAPL six months ago!

Joe Pulcinella January 5, 2005 at 10:22 am

Is Dr. Ratib Middle Eastern? He sounds like a pretty smart cookie. Perhaps it’s this kind of thinking that drives the Iraqi insurgency’s low-cost, high-tech, decentralized infrastructure. Very unlike our military which labors under a clunky, Soviet-style, command economy.

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