As a young physician, learning the ins and outs of starting a practice is daunting enough. In the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, many types of diagnostic medical equipment are utilized including x-ray, CT, magnetic resonance imaging, electromyography (EMG) and ultrasound to determine what ails patients.

Residents who have been through the process understand it best. You spend the first two years learning basic EMG and ultrasound technique, while trying to tie the machine read outs to a mental anatomic model. At the point where you begin to feel competent as a physician, discouragement soon sets in when you realize you have to decide what type of diagnostic equipment to buy, who to buy it from, and how much to spend.

While specifically researching ultrasound equipment, I came across the Mobile Ultrasound Machine Finder App developed by Providian Medical Equipment LLC, a sales and service company that specializes in reconditioned medical equipment.

Upon landing on the Providian Medical Equipment site, click the “Ultrasound Machine” tab and the Mobile Ultrasound Machine Finder App is available at the top of the page. Scroll down and you will see the 160+ models Providian Medical Equipment offers. Simply click the “download now” app on your iPhone, iPad, Android device or computer and your research anxiety will soon calm.

After entering the app, you will be pleased with its simplicity. Simple colors, no moving text, no virtual chat, no sales pitches. It gives you an honest feel for the company. Click the “Start a New Search” button and decide whether you need 2d, 3d, 4d, portable or upright ultrasound. In future upgrades, a quick description of the differences between ultrasound types would be welcome.

The next step is to choose what you would be using the ultrasound machine for. Usage is diverse, ranging from Cardiac to Musculoskeletal procedures. You can even choose multiple applications and the Mobile Ultrasound Machine Finder App will lead you to an ultrasound machine that can meet multiple needs. An improvement to the overall process may be to have the “Applications” page first, particularly for the inexperienced user.

The final step allows for customization in choosing the particular features you would like for your ultrasound machine. The features list is extensive, and straightforward. You can choose various types of storage, doppler or imaging to keep your options broad. Future versions could include a sentence or two expanding on each specific feature.

Click the “Finish” button at the bottom of the screen, and the app recommends various machines based on your preferences. With each search result, a picture of the machine, year built and price range is included. Appropriately, you can click a button to learn more or get a quote. Decide to learn more about a particular machine, and you will be greeted with more specific information. Want to know more? Easily contact a representative through email or phone.

Impression

Providian Medical Equipments’s Mobile Ultrasound Machine Finder App is the first and only of it’s kind available that can be downloaded on various platforms, including mobile devices. The app masters simplifying the process of choosing an ultrasound machine to make this task much less intimidating. Providian Medical Equipment could flush out the app with descriptions to accompany the wide range of options available; however, out of the box- the Ultrasound Machine Finder App is all you need to quickly find the right equipment for your practice. Hopefully, Providian Medical Equipment has plans to develop other apps for the MRI and CT scanners available for purchase.

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