(AFP Relax) The University of Calgary in Canada has revealed their research that shows that a new and free iPhone application allows doctors to make diagnosis of strokes just as accurately and quicker than they do on a medical computer workstation.

This research, just recently published last May 6 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), two neuro-radiologists examined around 200 scans using both the usual diagnostic computer workstation and the iPhone app named Calgary Scientific’s ResolutionMD Mobile. This smartphone app, which was just released last year, exhibited a 94 to 100 percent accuracy when compared to the usual workstation diagnosis.

The researchers stated that the app could be quite useful in rural medical settings, allowing “for real-time access to specialists such as neurologists, regardless of where the physicians and patients are located.” The app can be downloaded via the iTunes store.

Medical curiosities regarding smartphones is not a new thing in scientific research. In other related news, a new device controlled by a smartphone, announced last February by researchers of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, could help in the diagnosis of cancer only in a matter of minutes. The device detects tumors via the smartphone by analysis a small cell or tissue sample. This spares patients from the larger and more tedious biopsies currently being used.

In addition, US-based mHealth product and services company Mobisante is currently developing a smartphone ultrasound imaging system. They aim to launch this as a cheaper, lower-cost alternative to the expensive ultrasound systems which usually reaches tens of thousands of dollars. This system is also to be made portable, allowing the ultrasound technology to reach remote, rural areas where bulky equipment cannot be transported.

The journal on the app that can diagnose stroke can be accessed at JMIR. More information can be found at the ResolutionMD product page and at the University of Calgary website.