Ultrasound training in Developing Countries, Needs, What is Done? What We Have to Do? The Past, the Present, the Future

Document Type



Imaging and Diagnostic Radiology (East Africa)


Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) has become a very topical subject and can be applied in a variety of ways with differing outcomes. Cost of all diagnostic procedures including obstetric ultrasound exams is a major factor in the developing world and POCUS is only useful if it can be equated to good outcomes and at a lower cost than a routine obstetric exam. The aim of this study was to train midwives to perform scans in a rural setting and identify high risk pregnancies who were then referred to specialist centers in established institutions for further management. We produced a curriculum for midwives who had no previous experience in ultrasound; they were given didactic lectures as well as hands on training in obstetric ultrasound. A comprehensive exit examination ensured that they were well trained to independently perform scans on their own.

The midwives were stationed in rural locations where POCUS was

Publication (Name of Journal)

Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology