Over 55,000 users!

Radiology Toolbox Lite has been downloaded from the iTunes App Store more than 55,000 times and in more than 115 countries!

The Leap Motion Controller -An Amazing New User Interface Device

I have just received a developer’s prototype unit of the new Leap Motion Controller.

This amazing device allows you to translate gestures in 3D space in front of your computer monitor into actions you see on the screening front of you.


The possibilities of the unit is enormous, especially for those of us in healthcare. My first thoughts are the ability to manipulate the 3D images of a CT or MRI by taking the virtual body part with your hands and to manipulate it to better visualize the neck of an aneurysm, the origin of a stenotic vessel, or the course of a tendon injury.

This will also allow a surgeon in the OR to be able to review scan data without breaking scrub.

The device is scheduled for release in just a month or so. This will be fun for the general public, but will be indispensable for those of us in healthcare.

Venture Capitalist’s Provocation : ” Eighty percent of doctors could be replaced by machines.”

Venture capitalist, Vinod Khosla sparked a firestorm with his comments at the recent Health Innovation Summit:

Vinod Khosla says technology will replace 80 percent of doctors sparks indignation

Obviously Mr. Khosla is being intentionally provocative.

I think that what we practicing physicians should take away from this, is that perhaps 80% of what we do is better done with technology, leaving us to do the 20% that matters.

We don’t compound our own drugs, do our own Gram stains, or build our own x-ray machines. Let us use the machine to free us to do what no AI can do. Only a doctor, with our years of training and experience, has insight into the human condition and the understanding of the natural history of illness.

We physicians need to lead this transition, not be swept away by it.

Job Posting: Help create an app for your specialty!

It’s impossible to remember everything. How many times a week do you Google the same information? Wouldn’t it be great to have this info right at your fingertips on your iPad or iPhone?

I am the developer of Radiology Toolbox Pro and Radiology Toolbox Lite, an
iPhone/iPad app for radiologists. In less than a year and a half, our app has had over 40,000 downloads in over 100 countries. Softcode Systems, LLC is looking to expand into other specialties in our series of “ectopic brains” for health care professionals.

We are looking for residents, fellows or other practitioners who are interested in
developing a list of tools, calculations and charts that are frequently consulted in
your specialty. No knowledge of Objective C coding is required, simply a desire to
become part of the mobile health community.

This is not a solicitation for just suggestions. We are looking for those who want to
have an integral hand in developing the whole project for their specialty.

As an example, you can view or download the free lite version, Radiology Toolbox Lite at:

Your part of the project:
The list of tools. The reference source for each tool must be provided and
summarized in a presentable form that we can adapt into a usable standard iPad / iPhone format.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to your field. Compensation and developer
credit will be based on the extent of your contribution to the final product.

Looking forward to hearing from you. Sense of humor preferred, but not required.

Best of Luck!
Eric M. Baumel, MD
Founder, Softcode Systems, LLC

Radiology Toolbox Pro update available on the App Store

A new update for our app, Radiology Toolbox Pro is now available on the Apple iTunes App Store.

The new version is optimized for iOS 5.1 and the Retina display on the new iPad.

Three new tools are added, including the classification of aortic stent graft endoleak types and a chart listing the various dementias on brain FDG PET scans.

Many of the current users of the app have requested the lung segment anatomy.  Eight diagrams are now included in this new free update for existing users.

We are very gratified by the number of suggestions submitted, and more tools are in the works.