CT scans, MRIs coming to docs’ mobile devices

From CNN:

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new mobile application that will allow doctors to look at medical images on their iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch, the agency announced Friday.

Doctors will now be able to view images remotely from a number of machines including computed tomography (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) and positron emission tomography–better known as PET scans, and make a diagnosis. The new app, called the Mobile MIM, is the first to be cleared by the FDA for use with mobile devices.

“Hospital CEO visits ER as patient, finds problems”

From the Tennessean:

It’s not often that emergency room workers treat their own hospital CEO, but in December the ER staff at Sumner Regional Medical Center unknowingly did just that.

As a result, emergency patients might soon see reduced wait times.

It was a Saturday afternoon when Sumner Regional CEO Mary Jo Lewis started having mild chest pains and decided as a precaution to visit the emergency room to have her blood pressure taken.

AHRQ: Back Pain Sends More than 3 Million to Emergency Departments

From Occupational Health & Safety:

Roughly 3.4 million emergency department visits–an average of 9,400 a day–were specifically for back problems at U.S. hospitals in 2008, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

In the same year, there were more than 663,000 inpatient stays–a daily average of nearly 1,820–principally for back surgery or other back disorder treatments.