There are many ultrasound apps in the App Store and many have previously been reviewed on iMedicalApps — we have even done a top 5 Emergency Ultrasound app series in the past. The Pocket Emergency Ultrasound app was developed to provide users a useful point of care app that can show just the normal values and images of normal anatomy seen on ultrasound. The app has limited content due to the goals of only providing normal anatomy and values, but can be useful for those early in their medical careers.
The app overall is made to be very clean and easy to use. The opening screen shows the different anatomical categories that the app is divided into, as seen below.
When the user chooses a category, they are taken to a screen with further sub-categories of specific anatomy that they want to learn about.
Once the user selects the organ they want to learn about, they are taken to a screen with an ultrasound image of the specific organ. Each image is labeled, pointing out specific structures in normal anatomy. Some of these screens also contain normal values for organs and what should be expected.
However, each screen typically only presents one image of each organ selected and, as a result, only one view. For an app that wants to show normal ultrasound anatomy, it would be useful to have multiple images and even a comparison to an illustrated image depicting the organ. The app also occasionally includes information on pathology. For example, for the ovaries, the app provides an image of normal ovaries, normal dimensions for the ovaries, as well as what someone would see on ultrasound with ovarian torsion (which is not the purpose of the app). The app also tends to lag at times when moving from one screen to the next.
The home screen of the app also includes a list of useful links to learn more about ultrasounds, as well as references that were used for the app.
Healthcare workers that would benefit from the app:
Emergency Medicine and Critical Care physicians
- Easy to use, simple design
- Includes references and links to more content
- Should include more images of normal ultrasounds
- Lags at times
- Includes some disease processes as well as normal anatomy
The Pocket Emergency Ultrasound app was developed to provide users with images of normal anatomy on ultrasound. The app is overall easy to use, but can lag at times. The actual content within the app should increase and each organ should have multiple labeled images as well as a comparison to a regular, non-ultrasound image for comparison. As long as the app stays free, it’s worth a download. If the app starts charging a fee, we think there are other more worthy ultrasound apps found in the following post we did: top Emergency Medicine ultrasound apps post.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Easy to use, clean, but can lag when moving through different screens
- Multimedia Usage
Images were very clear and easy to see but not enough
- Real World Applicability
Needs more content to be useful
- Device Used For Review
- Available for DownloadiPhoneiPad