CellAtlas is a guide to blood cell morphology that contains mini lectures and a cell image database that could prove to be useful to students.
CellAtlas is a product from CellaVision, a medical technology company who develops and markets products for the health care sector.
Their product line includes systems for automatic blood cell differentials and software for differential proficiency testing so this app sounds promising.
We start the app and see the main screen with three tabs labeled “CellAtlas”, “CellQuiz” and Videos. The first tab groups four items:
- Normal findings in Peripheral Blood
- Other findings in Peripheral Blood
The “Hematopoiesis” item contains information about the different precursor cells such as its size, its nucleic shape, whether they have granules or not and things like that. Several images of each cell type are available and their quality is quite good.
The “Normal findings in Peripheral Blood” section encompasses Erythrocytes, Neutrophils, Eosinophils, Basophils, Lymphocytes, Monocytes, Plasma Cells and Thrombocytes. The same pattern of relevant information as earlier is repeated here for all cell types.
“Other Findings in Peripheral Blood” discusses less common morphologies like Auer Rods or Toxic Granulation.
The “Erythrocytes” is a dedicated section that focuses on providing even more information and images of the most common red blood cells morphologies sorting them by size, shape and color.
The “CellQuiz,” instead of being a series of multiple choice questions, gives you a blood cell types name and makes you pin it on the appropriate image.
Finally, the “Videos” tab contains hyperlinks to YouTube videos that expand on the subject.
The information on each cell type is accurate and useful though a bit succinct. The sample quality is excellent as all images represent cellular types very clearly.
Having the app’s quiz game “CellQuiz” be more of a visual memory game instead of a simple set of questions is an interesting chance of pace and results on an efficient way to test your knowledge of cell morphology.
The Erythrocyte section deserves to stand out as learning to recognize the different anomalies that red blood cells can have allows one to pinpoint certain pathologies faster and this section provides the chance to have Erythrocyte morphology at a glance.
The “Video” section is just a video-link container. While it is useful, it doesn’t really give you anything you can’t find on YouTube already.
- Great images
- Good information
- Erythrocyte dedicated section
- Cell morphology descriptions could be larger
- This app seems a good fit for the physician looking to freshen up on cellular morphology and a great app for the histology or hematology student.
App Version: 1.0
Phone used for review: Motorola Droid 3