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ITW has created a new sustainable model for ultrasound imaging, making basic life-saving diagnosis accessible in the poorest regions

Imaging the World™ specializes in integrating low-cost ultrasound programs into remote health care facilities where there is a lack of radiologists, technologists and the usual infrastructure required of imaging systems. The Imaging the World™ model incorporates point of care imaging devices, proprietary software, training, community awareness and funding models that promote self-sufficiency. Imaging the World™ bases successful implementation on adapting consistent processes to different contexts, taking into account cultural, political, access, and socioeconomically considerations. To date, we have focused on the needs of ultrasound in low-income countries and have been highly successful in making ultrasound available in rural areas of Uganda.

The first ITW ultrasound site was effectively implemented in Uganda in 2010 by a newly established NGO named Imaging the World Africa (ITWA).   Since then, the NGO has increased ultrasound facilities to 8 sites throughout rural Uganda performing over 200,000 scans. There has been a 70% increase in prenatal visits at health centers employing the Imaging the World™ model with 23 % of obstetric scans identifying pregnancy complications resulting in specialized care that pregnant women might otherwise not receive. Please see the appendix of this document for a listing of published research papers on ITW’s model. Although the Ugandan ultrasound program started out as a means for identifying high-risk pregnancies, it has since expanded to detection of breast cancer, evaluation of liver, kidney and thyroid disease, pediatric diseases, trauma triage, and echocardiography for rheumatic heart disease.