Training on Ultrasound Diagnosis of Shoulder Injuries

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Professor Jon Jacobson MD, a professor of radiology from the University of Michigan, provided an Imaging the World Africa Professional Development Course (CPD/CME), in Kampala from July 19-21, 2018.

The Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (ECUREI) in Kampala, Uganda, hosted the three-day course, entitled Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging of the Shoulder. Imaging the World Africa sonographers along with students from the ECUREI program participated in the CPD course. The learners had didactic lectures and hands-on instruction in ultrasound exams of the shoulder, evaluating for rotator cuff injury. A local orthopedic surgeon discussed new algorithms of care, including pain injections, which can be implemented when there was an easy way to diagnose these injuries close to home.

Shoulder injury is very common in rural Uganda, yet there is currently little access to diagnosis or appropriate management. A shoulder injury may result in disability for many individuals who work in subsistence farming and other trades that require manual labor. Loss of income necessary to meet the basic needs of their families then results in chronic hardship. The potential to diagnose and treat these injuries at the rural level could be life-changing for these families.

Dr Jacobson is collaborating with Imaging the World to explore a model that provides shoulder ultrasound diagnosis and treatment at the rural health centre level.

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