Purpose of App Review

  • to compare available ultrasound apps for obstetrics and gynecology (ob/gyn)
  • to evaluate the utility of five available ultrasound apps for obstetric and gynecologic use

Introduction

Ultrasonography is an important part of an obstetrician-gynecologist’s work. Like most things in life, you do not come into residency innately knowing how to perform ultrasonography–the best teachers are excellent didactic resources and experience.

A textbook or someone with more experience are not always available, but an app can be with you always.

This is a review of 5 ultrasound applications that either focus on or include obstetric and/or gynecologic ultrasounds from my viewpoint as an Ob/Gyn resident. I have reviewed two other ultrasound apps previously, which are not included in this review. You can read their reviews here–Fetal Biometry and Fetal Ultrasound.

Obstetric Ultrasound Scan Protocols

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The Obstetrics Ultrasound Scan Protocols app provides descriptive and image-based guidelines for first, second, and third trimester (obstetric) ultrasounds. For most, (but not all exams) a description/protocol is provided along with an image. The exam images include normal exam parameters, as well as complications, abnormal findings, and higher-level exams. I would use this for a quick reference for exams I do not usually use or to teach my fellow residents and students.

What it has

  • guidelines on when various ultrasounds are to be done
  • fairly inclusive list of obstetric ultrasonographic exams

What it doesn’t have

  • not an obstetrics-specific app
  • does not include gynecology or other fields/systems
  • generally does not provide normal values
  • no guide on patient preparation for exam

Evidence and literature used to support app

  • includes 13 article and guideline references, links not included
  • app version 1.1, available for the iPhone and iPad for $4.99
  • as of time of publish, not available for the Android