The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week cleared a mobile radiology application that lets physicians view medical images on the Apple iPhone and iPad. It is the first application cleared by the FDA for viewing images and making medical diagnoses based on computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine technology, such as positron emission tomography (PET).

Radiology images taken in the hospital or physician's office are compressed and then sent over a secure network to a portable wireless device via Cleveland-based MIM Software's Mobile MIM suite. The software lets physician measure distance on the image, image intensity values, display measurement lines, annotations and regions of interest, according to the FDA.

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