Neurosurgery iPad and iPhone apps
Sometimes people ask me if I have any useful suggestions regarding apps for their iPhone or iPad, mostly from a medical background. So here I’ll give you some apps that I frequently use or advise. Part of them have a neuro-background, others are useful in general (in my opinion and experience).
Useful iPhone apps
Medical / Neuro:
- NeuroMind: does it need any introduction anymore? 😉
- Brain Tutor 3D: from Rainer Goebel, who serves as my example for combining content expertise, scientific research, and programming skills
- 3D Brain: very nice introduction on neuro-anatomy
- SNI Mobile: stay in touch with the latest updates on Surgical Neurology International. Actually I am not completely satisfied with this app yet, but I really support the open access philosophy of this PubMed-indexed journal
- Radiopaedia (vol.1 Brain): nice self-assessment on neuro-radiology
- Neuro Board Review: neurosurgical self-assessment by Colen Publishing
- Eponyms: good for all those names you cannot remember by heart
- PubMed on tap: useful and effective for mobile literature search
- SurgAware: interesting project by Martin Young on informed consent
- MindNode: the best mindmapping app for your iOS device in my experience!! (universal binary, so you pay once for both iPhone and iPad version – I also use the Pro version for Mac, which is good and not expensive).
- Stanza: a very useful e-reader (especially for ebook format)
- ReaddleDocs: a good tool for taking your documents on the go (read-only)
- Shazam: useful and impressive, just “wow”!
Useful iPad apps
Medical / Neuro:
- NeuroMind for iPad: the big brother of the successful iPhone version
- Brain Tutor HD: even better than his smaller brother (and beautiful!)
- 3D Brain: same version as iPhone, but for large screen. Good!
- SNI Mobile: same as for iPhone, but made for larger screen
- Eponyms: universal binary, so same as iPhone version
- Papers: this app in itself justifies the purchase of an iPad (at least when your desktop library is maintained in Papers as well). This is my most imporant iPad app, together with:
- ReaddleDocs for iPad: very useful for reading several files on your device, like Word and PDF (supports images as well)
- MindNode: same as iPhone version, but even better on the large screen
- Flipboard: innovative way to keep track of your social networks and RSS feeds
- Pages: good for text-editing on the go. I have not tested Quickoffice, of which I hear good stories as well. On the other hand, I am not yet impressed byNumbers.
- Keynote: good for creating and giving presentations from your iPad. The latest version allows also export to PowerPoint-format. Note: to give presentations from the iPad, you need a separate VGA-connector (bought it, not tested yet).
Other neuro apps
I don’t have 3D Brain ANATOMY: it might be useful, but hard to tell without hands-on experience. Regarding i-Neurosurgery: I bought it, and in my opinion it is a waste of money. The app only displays some requirements for your training, and crashed several times while using it.