Although the iPad has made a splash in radiology education, the impact of the leading tablet on daily clinical duties has been limited, according to a study published online June 26 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology .
Justin W. Kung, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and colleagues found that most residents at their institution used an iPad daily when provided with one, but not for reading radiology exams.
“This study showed that the majority of residents at the authors' institution have incorporated the iPad as an educational tool and use it as a learning aid,” wrote the authors. “Incorporation of the iPad into clinical workflow has been less pronounced.”
All 38 radiology residents at Beth Israel Deaconess were provided iPad 2 tablets and subscriptions to e-Anatomy, a digital anatomy atlas, and STATdx, an online reference and decision support tool, according to the authors. Residents were surveyed after six months to get their opinions on the use of the iPad in radiology.