Apps to simplify an orthopaedic placement
- By: Tom Lewis
Orthopaedics placements can be challenging. Consultants point out invisible fractures and then confidently decide upon the best treatment plan, often without explanation. Medical students can be left confused. Several mobile phone apps can make understanding orthopaedics easier.
Perhaps the most challenging aspect of an orthopaedic rotation for students is learning and recognising the radiographic problems. Gross fractures are easy to pick up, but far more subtle signs show on radiographs. Real World Orthopaedics is one of the best orthopaedic radiology apps on the market. The app contains radiographs of mostly orthopaedic trauma cases, with explanations of radiographic findings and relevant clinical information.
A wide range of conditions, and a wealth of supplementary anatomy and management notes are available. The strength of this app is the manner in which it teaches radiology. Selecting a condition will bring up a case with a brief history and the complete range of views. Students