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Radiographics. 2003 Jul-Aug;23(4):1035-47.

Handheld computers in radiology.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 132 S 10th St, Suite 1072, Main Bldg, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA. adam.flanders@jefferson.edu

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  • Radiographics. 2003 Nov-Dec;23(6):1702.

Abstract

The next phase of the digital revolution in medicine is taking place through the dissemination of powerful handheld computers. Handheld computers, or personal digital assistants (PDAs), are no longer considered either a curiosity or a toy. The current handheld computer has many features (Internet access, simple e-mail client software, spreadsheet and database programs, word processing, and digital media) that make it an ideal tool for healthcare providers. Improvements in handwriting recognition, display characteristics, and wireless networking capabilities provide a platform for real-time review of both large static and dynamic repositories of patient data. Although earlier PDA models lacked the ability to display medical images appropriately, current PDAs boast display characteristics that approach low-resolution computer monitors. Although the handheld computer is not yet a reliable option for soft-copy reading, it offers many features that can improve work flow and efficiency for the radiologist. These features include improved personal information management, decision support via access to educational materials, and remote access to radiology-related information systems.

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