Posts tagged ‘iphone’

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 iPhone available in App Store!

NeuroMind 2 for iPhone is now available in the App Store as a free upgrade! It contains a brand new category with interactive decision support like explained in this video, and almost 100 scores that are relevant for neurosurgery!

You can upgrade the installed version on your device or download the latest version from the App Store.

More images are available here.

Pieter Kubben
IT editor
Surgical Neurology International

Decision support for depressed cranial fractures

And here is number 5 out of 5 of the surgical guidelines of the Brain Trauma Foundation: depressed cranial fractures. In my earlier posts you read about on epidural hematomaacute subdural hematomatraumatic parenchymal lesions, and posterior fossa mass lesions. Before implementing the final part I needed to fix a technical problem. I ended up creating a workaround that does the job, so here we go…

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

Step 2: create a flowchart

(click for full size version)

Note that the double line around the first decision moment is my way to indicate that both factors should be present (a logical AND-operator).

Step 3: convert into an app!

As you can see, the text is a little too long for the iPhone’s display. Of course, on iPad there is no problem because of the larger screen. I have not tested this one on Android yet. At least this is something I have to work on, probably I should decrease the font size on iPhone a little bit.

So, here is how the full Brain Trauma Foundation section on the surgical guidelines look in the iPhone menu of NeuroMind 2:

Now they’re just in the order in which they appear in the guidelines. Probably I will change this into alphabetical order later on… The latest developments on NeuroMind 2 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

(click to enlarge)

Step 3: convert into an app!

More screenshots are available from

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

iPhone update for SNI Mobile available

The update for our iPhone application is now available as a free download from the App Store.

Here are some screenshots:

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):

Online collaboration in Neurosurgery 2.0

This presentation has been given by Jonathan Lau on the Medicine 2.0 conference in Maastricht, The Netherlands. It concerns the online collaboration with Pieter Kubben on the NeuroMind application.

Note: To view this in full-screen, click the Menu button below, and then View Fullscreen; press Esc to exit full-screen mode. To view this presentation on a mobile device, click the link below.

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”!