The Abdominal CT Incidental Finding Guidelines app was created by RadiologiQ, and it brings the guidelines described by the paper titled Managing Incidental Findings on Abdominal CT: White Paper of the ACR Incidental Findings Committee to the user’s fingertips.

The app was developed to create an interactive algorithm version of the guidelines that can be accessed on the go.

User Interface

The app starts up with the main screen showing the 5 types of abdominal incidental findings the app can be used for.

These abdominal incidental findings include: liver masses, pancreatic cystic masses, adrenal masses, solid renal masses and cystic renal masses. The main screen also has a link to the study that has the guidelines used in the app as well as a link to RadiologiQ’s homepage.

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The app also starts off with an important disclaimer that users should not rely on this app for the information provided as there may be mistakes. It is important that users who use this app are familiar with the current guidelines for abdominal incidentalomas themselves.

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The user can then select which of the 5 organs they want to evaluate. Once the organ system is selected, a series of questions are presented according to the guidelines. For example, for liver masses, the first question asks the size of the finding and gives the possible choices for the user. Once a choice is selected, the next step in the algorithm shows up accordingly.

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Depending on the features of the incidental findings that are selected, the app displays the evidence-based course of action that should be taken. Each choice also has a description at the bottom of the screen for further clarification.

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Healthcare workers that would benefit from the app

  • Any healthcare worker who is involved in treating and working up incidental findings on abdominal CT scans

Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Very easy to use
  • Makes it very quick and easy to use the guidelines for incidentalomas
  • Has a link to the referenced guidelines

Dislikes

  • The app presents choices for the user that have abbreviations that are not defined

Conclusion

  • This medical app helps healthcare professionals work up incidental findings on abdominal CT scans using evidence-based guidelines. This is a great app for those who are in training and want a quick reference tool to confirm their thought process without having to look up the full guidelines.
  • This can also be used by attendings who want a quick reference in their hands rather than having to search for the information online.
  • No Android version is available at the time of this review.

Type of Device used to review app–iPhone 5
Version of App–1.0.1

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Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 4.25/5

  1. User Interface: 5/5 – Extremely easy to use and navigate
  2. Multimedia usage:  N/a
  3. Price:  5/5 – Free
  4. Real world applicability: 2.5/5 – This app can be used by healthcare professionals as a quick reference tool to help confirm their thought process. This app can also be used for educational purposes for doctors in training. If used clinically, this app should ONLY be used by those who are familiar with the guidelines referenced.

Disclaimer:
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 health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care 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 health care provider.