Purpose of App Review
- to review the user interface and images of the mammo app
- to review the usability and application of the mammo app
Breast cancer is unfortunately very common.
Fortunately, there are ways to screen for asymptomatic cancers and established guidelines for working up suspicious findings on physical exam.
You do not have to be a breast surgeon or a radiologist to know about breast disease, mammograms, and appropriate workups for concerning breast symptoms and exam findings.
The Mammography Flashcards app aims to help your study about breast disease and imaging in a more in-depth manner.
Upon opening the app, you are brought to the home (and really only) screen.
The flashcards are listed along the left-side toolbar. The top toolbar allows you to see all flashcards, flashcards you have gotten correct, as well as flashcards you have marked as answering incorrect.
You can also restart/reset the stack, mute the sounds (for correct and wrong answers) or toggle between random and sequential order of the flashcards.
The main portion of the app is the flashcard section, where images and texts are displayed. You can zoom in on images using the standard two-finger gesture. At the bottom of this screen, you can select if you answered the question right or wrong.
To “flip” the flashcard, tap the image. Doing this will bring you to the answer with an explanation of the correct answer, clinical pearls, or workup guidance.
- multiple lines of explanation
- real ultrasound and mammogram images used
- quiz-like format with ability to track right and wrong answers, as well as to reset the stack
- inclusion of clinical pearls
- no direction provided on images after you have taken your guess (i.e. no arrows pointing to the pathology)
- some answers are repetitive or do not seem as applicable for a particular image
- does not include references or links to normal findings
- no references listed for answers, other than applying BiRads classification
Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app
- Healthcare providers taking care of women (and men) who need to have breast imaging done either for screening or workup–most useful for those interpreting the images and needing to learn appropriate follow-up, evaluation, and recommendations
- The Mammography Flashcards app currently provides a useful, but simple 45-deck flash-card based quiz on mammography, ultrasound, and patient descriptions. The images are thoughtfully chosen. The answers provide helpful clinical pearls for imaging abnormalities based on the small number of flashcards provided. As of publish, no android medical app availability.
1. User Interface – 4. Straightforward and simple interface.
2. Multimedia usage – 3. Easy to read images with ability to zoom. Utilizes split-function. Does not utilize ability to mark images.
3. Price – 4. $3.99. Less expensive than some other mammography apps, but may not be as extensive.
4. Real world applicability – 2. Would use occasionally to brush up on mammographic findings and appropriate workup
App version: 1.2
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5
Requires: Requires iOS 5.0 or later
Tested on: iPhone 4S
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your healthcare provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or healthcare provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your healthcare provider.