Medical Image Puzzle, a puzzle medical game for Android

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Purpose of the Review

We will review the Medical Image Puzzle app to see if it has any medically relevant uses for students.

Introduction

Several studies have demonstrated that knowledge and information acquired while having fun stays with us for a longer time.

It’s in this regard that medical games can be of use to students–a fun way to spend time and learn at the same time.

Google’s Play Store has its share of medically educational games and plenty that somehow pass off as medical games. Today we will take a look at the Medical Image Puzzle app and find out on which side of the spectrum it lays.

User Interface

The app includes 10 typical images of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) such as the brain, ankle, wrist, knee and spine in different orientations. The images are normal and lack any labels on the different structures shown. As a puzzle it has three levels of difficulty that can be selected.

In level 1, the painting is randomly split into 9 grids in a 3 by 3 format. In level 2, the format is 4 by 4 and in level 3 it is 5 by 5. Users need to touch two segments on screen to swap them to the right positions. When all the segments are correctly re-positioned a message will alert the user. There is a small icon at the bottom right side of the screen that lets users see some information about the image they are witnessing. This information, though, is extremely vague and would only be useful for lay persons.

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Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Interesting idea

Dislikes

  • Little educational value

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • None

Conclusion

  • This little app can help you kill some time but contains no educational value; playing this game provides the same medical knowledge as playing a game of solitaire.

Google Play Link

Type of device used to review app–Motorola Droid 3
App version–1.1

Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 2/5

  • User interface – 3. UI is simple
  • Multimedia usage – 1.  Images are low quality
  • Price - 3. Free is good
  • Real world applicability -1. It lacks real world applicability
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