The FDA approved a radiology app for the iPhone and the iPad, allowing physicians to view MRI, CT, and PET patient scans on the mobile devices.
The app, which is called Mobile MIM and was developed by Cleveland-based MIM Software, was not approved to view X-rays or mammograms.
FDA scientist William Maisel said in a statement the app "is not intended to replace full workstations and is indicated for use only when there is no access to a workstation." He also noted in the statement that: "this important mobile technology provides physicians with the ability to immediately view images and make diagnoses without having to be back at the workstation or wait for film."
The the federal agency approved a "Diabetes Manager System" app that was developed by WellDoc in August 2010. It was the first FDA approval for a mobile app.