Smartphone has revolutionized everyday life in terms of social interaction, communication and data processing. Its use in medical healthcare has been a major breakthrough in human medicine due to its wide availability and ease of use. Smartphone can be turned as a point-of-care medical device, being very mobile and efficient in images acquisition and transmission.
This masterclass will review the use of smartphone in exotic pet medicine. Mobile app is the most instinctive use of smartphone, however there are very limited software dedicated to exotic pet specifically. The smartphone can be used as a high quality camera device, for lesion follow up. With additional materials, the smartphone can be connected to a regular endoscope and act as small endoscopic unit. Ophtalmoscopic device can be adapted on the lens, images can be read and transmitted. In a context of developing countries, engineers have developed a clip-on device that allow examination of cytological and histological slides. This enable real time examination in a field context. Additional device can be connected to the smartphone throught the micro-usb port including infrared thermography, otoscope or ultrasound. One of the most studied device has been the wireless single-lead electrocardiograph device which connected to a smartphone allow real time ECG recording.
There is no doubt that smartphone will enhance exotic patient care as it has in human medicine. This masterclass will provide practical examples in exotic pet patient and up to date information on the multiple existing devices.