Gyromaniac App for iPhone Could Help Gastroenterologists when Learning How to Perform a Colonoscopy

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The new app may actually allow physicians to practice spatial orientation.

This article originally appeared online at iMedicalApps.com, part of the HCPLive Network.

Gastroenterologists have some of the coolest technologies in medicine, a requirement when performing extremely delicate procedures, such as an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). These types of procedures require a high level of spatial orientation — something honed over countless hours of practice. Even colonoscopies require a great level of spatial orientation when trying to navigate through the bowel.

A gastroenterologist fellow once jokingly told me how thankful he was for playing too many video games as a child, because it helped him learn how to perform procedures faster. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is actual truth to the statement. An app called Gyromaniac is an example of how the iPhone 4's new gyroscope feature could actually help physicians practice spatial orientation.

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