The Ultrasound Lab

Today we spent time volunteering at the Nawanyago Heath Clinic. This is the clinic at which Imaging the World began their project back in 2009. We began the day observing ultrasounds being performed on both pregnant mothers and pediatric patients. It was fascinating to see the very detailed process of performing an obstetrical ultrasound scan and the very complicated and challenging task of performing ultrasound on young children and infants. The pediatric radiologists had to use toys and distractions to rid the children of fear and to make them more comfortable.

It was a privilege to see such experts in the field of radiology preform these ultrasounds and interact with their patients. As someone interested in a medical profession, it was a wonderful experience for me to have to have. That afternoon, Olivia, Mary and I ran the ultrasound lab for local schoolgirls, ages 13 to 19. Mary and Olivia gave a presentation on the importance of ultrasound and pregnancy and the risks associated with adolescent pregnancy. Following the presentation, I surveyed the girls on their knowledge about adolescent pregnancy and answered any questions they had. Following the presentation, the girls went into the clinic to see John perform an ultrasound scan on a expecting mother. This was an excellent way for them see, first hand, the process of ultrasound scanning and to rid them of any suspicions or concerns them may have about the process of ultrasound.

During the ultrasound lab, the girls were very shy and hesitate to talk with us, but once we had finished, they instantly opened up. They asked us many questions about our lives at home and our school. They then told us about their favorite subjects and pastimes. We ended our time together with a very fun and competitive game of handball. It was an incredible experience for both us and, hopefully, for the girls. The entire afternoon opened my eyes tremendously and helped me to better understand such a different and unfamiliar culture. They clearly were very smart, kind and fun-loving girls and we had many things in common.

When I told them that I wanted to be a doctor when I was older, they all smiled and said in unison: “Me too, me too!” It was very interesting to see that across the globe, many teenage girls have similar dreams and aspirations. The connection we made with the girls, and the experience we shared, will be one that I will never forget and cherish forever.

- Lena Burns ITW Enrichment Student

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