Strokes diagnosed via iPhone FaceTime

19 December 2011

“This is the first study to demonstrate reliable stroke assessment using the iPhone 4,” saysEric R. Anderson, a neurology resident at Emory University.

“During a stroke there is a critical window of time to save the brain and every minute counts,” explains Anderson. “Effective treatment involves a timely and coordinated approach led by a neurologist specifically trained in all facets of acute stroke care.”

Anderson and his colleagues came up with the idea to use Apple’s innovative FaceTime software as a quick and economical solution to diagnose stroke from a distance.

“A person who is experiencing stroke symptoms and seeks care at a medical facility that does not offer acute stroke care should be able to be connected via the iPhone 4 with stroke specialists at another location who can see them with FaceTime video and assess their condition,” says Anderson.

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