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.