Posts tagged ‘ipad’

The new OrthoMind app: 100 orthopedic scores in your pocket

If you would like to know what your orthopedic colleagues are talking about in case of a high energetic trauma patient who has several fractures, this app may be useful for you. OrthoMind contains 100 orthopedic scores and classification systems, and is based on the “Top AppNeuroMind.


OrthoMind is available for the iPhone and iPad, and for Android.

More information and screenshots are available here.

NeuroMind 2 for iPad available in App Store!

And that is three! “NeuroMind for iPad” version 2.0 is now available in the App Store, completing the triad after the recent iPhone and Android upgrades. This free upgrade also includes the previously mentioned interactive decision support, and many more scores.

You can upgrade your existing installation, or download the latest version from the App Store.

Enjoy the app! Screenshots are available here.

Pieter Kubben
IT editor
Surgical Neurology International

Decision support for posterior fossa mass lesions

Chapter 4 out of 5: posterior fossa mass lesions! After implementing the Brain Trauma Foundation surgical guidelines on epidural hematomaacute subdural hematoma, and traumatic parenchymal lesions, now it is time for posterior fossa mass lesions. As usual, I take my “three-step-approach”:

Step 1: the original text-version of the guideline’s recommendations

Step 2: create a flowchart

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Step 3: convert into an app!

More screenshots are available from

Pieter Kubben
Information Technology editor
Surgical Neurology International

Decision support for traumatic parenchymal lesions

Part 3 of the BTF Surgical Guidelines: traumatic parenchymal lesions. By now you will be familiar with the three steps I also used for the decision support systems on epidural hematoma and acute subdural hematoma:

Step 1: the original text-version of the guideline’s recommendations

Step 2: create a flowchart

(click to enlarge)

Step 3: convert into an app!

Here is one picture, more images are available at

(click to enlarge)

Pieter Kubben
Information Technology editor
Surgical Neurology International

Decision support for epidural hematoma

(this is a guest post from, slightly modified for Surgical Neurology International)

The Brain Trauma Foundation has created and published guidelines on the treatment of brain trauma a few years ago. The Guidelines for the Surgical Management of Traumatic Brain Injury are available as PDF and in a searchable online format. What lacks, is the availability on a mobile platform, preferably as an interactive decision support system (like their Head Injury Prognosis calculator). Seems an excellent topic for NeuroMind 2 (appears in Q1-2012).


The guidelines are text-based, no flowcharts have been provided. This makes direct implementation of the guidelines in an app difficult, as I think I need to make clear what algorithm is used in the app. In the end, if you intend to use it to make decisions, you need to be able to check the algorithm in case you want to. So here is the 1-2-3 of converting a text-based guideline into an application:

  1. Read the text of the guidelines (or in this case: the Recommendations)
  2. Create a flowchart from the text
  3. Build the app based on the flowchart

I will explain more about the symbols that are used in the flowchart in a separate topic. Until then, this Open Course Ware tutorial gives you a nice introduction.

Epidural hematoma

Now here is the flowchart I created:

And here is a screenshot of the app:

For some more details and screenshots, click here.

Pieter Kubben
Information Technology editor
Surgical Neurology International

iPad update for SNI Mobile available

And that’s three in a row! After the updates for iPhone and Android, the new version of SNI Mobile for iPad is now available in the App Store as well!


Update for SNI Mobile coming up!

The SNI Mobile application will soon be updated to fit the new menu of our website. The Forum entry will disappear, and the new Societies entry will be prominently visible. The underlying structure of the Societies menu has been updated to go along well with the new app.

Here are some screenshots of what the new iPhone version will look like (click for large version):

NeuroMind layout question

NeuroMind is currently the #1 ranked iPhone app for neurosurgery in the App Store, and is also available for Android and soon for iPad. A web interface is under development.

Now we would like your feedback on the new layout. Take a look at the screenshots below: example 1 on the left, and example 2 on the right. For a larger image, click the small version shown here.

As you see, example 1 (left image) first mentions the score and then the corresponding criteria. Example 2 (right image) does the opposite: it first mentions the criteria, and then what score needs to be assigned to those.

Let us know what layout you prefer, and -if you like- for what reasons. This will help to improve the app for future upgrades.

iPad app available, iPhone & Android app updated

SNI Mobile apps banner

You may already know it from your mail or your colleagues, but our mobile app trilogy is now complete with the SNI Mobile for iPad app. It is available in the App Store as a free download.

Our apps for iPhone and Android have been updated. For iPhone this was necessary because MedKnow -the company that publishes our articles- updated the RSS feed to display the articles in reverse chronological order. In the first version of the iPhone app we did this manually, which was not necessary anymore (actually, what you got now was a double reverse).

For Android there was an issue that the app sometimes kept displaying the startup screen without actually entering the app itself. This should be solved now.

You may expect a minor update for the iPad app soon, which corrects an issue that happens when you start the app in landscape mode (which means that you hold your iPad “horizontally”). The home menu appears to start in portrait orientation (“vertically”) no matter in what direction you hold the device. You can now solve the issue by rotating the device from landscape to portrait and back. A final fix is expected within a few weeks.

For those who use other mobile device, you can visit our homepage and you’ll be referred to the new mobile section of the articles.

We are looking forward to welcome you as a visitor of our site, from your desk or “on-the-go”!

Introducing SNI Mobile

We are happy to offer you a mobile version of Surgical Neurology International now, that we will refer to as SNI Mobile. This is a web application for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad offering access to the most accessed features of the website: articles, posts, forum, podcasts (UCLA 100 Lectures Series) and the latest Twitter items.

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