MacVideo has an excellent article on an imaging technology that is in the works for the iPhone. It’s called ViSUS and being developed by the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah, now a hotbed for mobile imagining applications. They’ve also developed the ImageVis3D Mobile app and the now famous AnatomyLab App.

This improvement in technology should benefit radiologists the most. We’ve reviewed other mobile radiology app viewers, such as OsiriX, but this app promises to offer extremely high resolution imaging by streaming images from a server. A piece from the MacVideo article:

The iPhone has a screen resolution of 480 x 320 pixels. According to the university, the best of today’s high-definition TV sets has an image resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. But ViSUS can handle an image resolution of 200,000 by 200,000 pixels.

Streaming the images to the iPhone will let users see an entire image, at lower resolution, or zoom in to look at parts of the image, at higher resolution. The university says ViSUS handles the images faster, with less processing power, than other software, such as Google Earth.

Having this imaging quality in the palm of your hand will be tremendous for radiologists on the go.

The Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah has a pretty interesting website as well. I’m eagerly awaiting to see the future medical imaging apps they will roll out with. Also, their ImageVis3D mobile app [itunes link] is free and fun to use, so make sure to check it out.