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WebOS Gets Surprise Second Life in Healthcare

Jan 06, 2012, 21:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Andrew B. Holbrook, a Stanford University Department of Radiology research associate, developed a WebOS application that operates an MRI scanner and allows radiologists and other medical personnel to view images captured by the MRI machine on a TouchPad tablet.

"Holbrook designed an app allowing HP's TouchPad to operate an MRI machine from inside the scanning room, then interface with a PC server located elsewhere. The computers traditionally used to control MRI scanners are cumbersome and costly because they need special modification to reduce metal parts, which react to the MRI machine's magnetic field and pose safety risks.

"HP's tablet, because it is constructed mainly of plastic and the metal parts it does contain can be removed without damaging functionality, proved uniquely suited for use inside the MRI's magnetized chamber."

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