Global Vision Article

Experience with an ultrasound donation program in a low-income country

Authors
  • Michelle Hershman (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania)
  • Melody Hershman (Florida International University)
  • Yamile Blain (Jackson Memorial Hospital)
  • Marie Evelyne Moise (Hospital Bienfaisance de Pignon)
  • Natasha Monchil (Clayton State University)
  • Amy A Walters (Banner University Medical Center & University of Arizona)
  • Berndt P Schmit (Banner University Medical Center & University of Arizona)

Abstract

Increasing radiology capacity in low-income countries (LIC) can improve clinicians’ access to diagnostic imaging tools and improve patient care. Ultrasound (US) is important in LIC due to its lower cost compared to that of CT or MRI scans and its excellent diagnostic ability. The relative portability of the equipment makes it ideal for donation by charitable organizations. We describe our experience as a radiology-capacity-focused charity working with the Haitian healthcare system and propose strategies to increase ultrasound capacity in other poor countries.

Keywords: ultrasound, radiology capacity, sustainability, global health

How to Cite:

Hershman, M., Hershman, M., Blain, Y., Moise, M., Monchil, N., Walters, A. A. & Schmit, B. P., (2021) “Experience with an ultrasound donation program in a low-income country”, Journal of Global Radiology 7(1): 2. doi: https://doi.org/10.7191/jgr.2021.1101

Rights: © 2021 Hershman, Hershman, Blain, Moise, Monchil, Walters & Schmit. This open access article is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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Published on
10 Mar 2021