By: Ankur Gupta, MS1 & Iltifat Husain, MS4

This past week yielded a surprisingly impressive release of quality free and paid medical apps for both the iPhone and iPad. Those in cardiology have a couple app releases that should make them very excited, but this list also contains many apps that primary care and other specialists should be interested in as well.


An up-to-date reference for cardiac catheterization and angiography. Contains videos, images, and overviews on a variety of topics pertinent to specialists and trainees in cardiovascular conditions.

Also includes detailed videos and descriptions of key cardiac pathology that can be seen on catheterization.  Although aimed at specialists, could be used a reference tool for students or residents who are rotating through the CCU or other cardiology rotations.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price: $3.99

iTunes Link: CathSource

3M Littmann Sound Builder

Students and practicing clinicians can use this app to improve their auscultation skills through 14 lessons based on key heart sounds. Includes text, 3D cardiac animation, dynamic waveforms, and a virtual manequin along with the lessons. Potentially a great educational app for students and residents learning heart auscultations — best part, it’s free.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price: Free

iTunes Link: 3M Littmann Sound Builder

ASE Pocket Guidelines

This app, developed by the American Society of Echocardiograpy (ASE) provides mobile access to charts from its guidelines.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price: $9.99

iTunes Link: ASE Pocket Guidelines

iVCLv2.0 – Cardiac

We reviewed the free app, iVCL, just the other week — and the developers continue to impress us. This current app is a 3D virtual fluoroscopy simulator, and allows you to learn how to orient yourself when trying to view key cardiac anatomy.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch
Price: $2.99

iTunes Link: iVCLv2.0 – Cardiac

CMR Atlas

A mobile atlas for cardiac disease visualized by cardiac MRI. Pins on each image show information on anatomy, MR sequences, and disease specific MR information.  Although images aren’t crisp, the app is currently free and worth a try.

Devices: iPad
Price: Free

iTunes Link: CMR Atlas

3D Tooth R

This app offers users a 3D look at the anatomy of human teeth. Those in dental school, or those who are practicing nerve blocks might find the clinical anatomy useful. Overall though, it appears too rudimentary for serious use by students in graduate school.

Devices: iPad
Price: $0.99

iTunes Link: 3D Tooth R

Textbooks: Clinical Anesthesiology ; Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Family Medicine

Two significant McGraw Hill textbooks from MedHand, customized for mobile form for both the iPhone and the iPad.

Clinical Anesthesia provides basic principles and clinical considerations in the anesthetic management of patients. Includes information on equipment, pharmacology, regional anesthesia, pathophysiology, pain management, anesthetic management, and critical care.

Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Family Medicine, as the title describes, is focused for primary care, and covers medical information ranging from pediatric to geriatric care.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

iTunes Link: Clinical Anesthesiology
Price: $79.99

iTunes Link: Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Family Medicine
Price: $74.99

OsiriX HD

Companion app to OsiriX – an interactive visualization program for MacOS designed for the display and analysis of medical images. Supports many common imaging modalities, and can be a huge advancement in teleradiology. Designed to work seamlessly with OsiriX, but does not require it. We have covered this app extensively before on iMedicalApps.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price: $29.99
iTunes Link: OsiriX HD