To help provide needed healthcare, Imaging the World specializes in integrating low-cost ultrasound programs into remote health care facilities in low-income countries. These are rural areas which lack both human resources and medical infrastructure.
Among our successes to-date:
- Over 200,000 scans performed in Uganda
- 70 percent increase in prenatal visits at health centers employing the Imaging the World model
- 23 percent of obstetric scans have identified pregnancy complications that have resulted in specialized care that pregnant women might otherwise not receive.
- Over 150 clinical officers, nurses and midwives have been trained by ITW and are now proficient in providing high-quality obstetric scans at the point of care.
- Our research has resulted in 11 peer-reviewed publications and 23 national and international presentations
- ITW has trained eight individuals to be ultrasound teachers in the training program.
- Three sonographers have received ITW funding to attend medical school
Summary of Key Accomplishments
Imaging the World has:
- Designed and implemented a turn-key ultrasound imaging program in Uganda which is now managed by the NGO “Imaging the World Africa.”
- Designed proprietary software, VICAT, and a protocol to transmit ultrasound sweeps, which maintain the cinematic feature of ultrasound. Scans can now be transmitted from anywhere a cell signal is available.
- Designed data tracking software for peer-review.
- Created a curriculum to integrate ultrasound training into a 3-year nursing program.
- Designed the curriculum for Ultrasound Train-the-Trainer program for nurses, midwives and clinical officers at rural health centers in Uganda.
- Developed a Ugandan Ministry of Health Approved Continuing Education Program for Medical Professionals.
- Consulted and completed the field research for a key industry partner to develop a hand-held ultrasound system currently marketed in sub-Saharan Africa. This device is currently the most popular hand-held ultrasound in the United States.
- Published 11 peer-reviewed research papers and presented at 23 national and international meetings.
- Facilitated as a sub-contractor Children’s National Hospital and Uganda Heart Institute, Kampala, Uganda to complete their two-year NIH-funded RHD study.
- Designed a pictorial-based system to explain ultrasound scan results to patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals when language barriers exist.
- Over 50 students and medical professionals, who have been on Imaging the World research and educational trips to Uganda, published work related to their trip in peer-reviewed journals.
- Five high school students, nine medical students, nine medical residents and 12 other medical professionals published work related to trips we hosted in peer-reviewed journals.