How to Develop, Submit, and Get an iPad Application Accepted to the Apple Store

Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA.
Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR (Impact Factor: 2.84). 06/2012; 9(6):440-3. DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2011.12.004
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