March 02, 2023

NIBIB Offers Patient Resource About Understanding Medical Scans

The National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), an Institute within the National Institutes of Health, released Understanding Medical Scans, a mobile device app specifically designed for patients. The app helps patients understand expectations during a medical scan and demonstrates how scans can help with both diagnosis and treatment.

The app explains five different types of imaging scans — PET/SPECT, CT, MRI, Ultrasound and X-ray — and describes the latest research in those modalities.

With question-based navigation, images and videos, this app makes medical imaging information easy to understand and available anywhere. Patients can download the app in English or Spanish.

American College of Radiology® (ACR®) advocacy efforts assisted in the creation of the NIBIB, and ACR’s ongoing efforts continue to help maintain robust and predictable appropriations for the institute.

For more information, contact Katie Grady, ACR Government Affairs Director.