Volunteers take their expertise to Ghana to spread knowledge of POC ultrasound

The majority of people in the world are still unable to access the medical imaging tests needed to get the best quality healthcare, says Worldwide Radiology, an organisation that has grown from a group of founding UK radiologists with experience of working in limited resource settings to an international team of around 35 long-term volunteers.

Members come from a range of imaging professions and other medical specialities, including from partner countries. The organisation works mainly with partners in sub-Saharan Africa, but welcomes collaborations from around the world, advocating together for imaging for all through education, clinical service support and research.

Course participants perform bedside ultrasound
Course participants perform a bedside ultrasound scan on a healthy volunteer, guided by trainer Dr Jim Connolly and observed by fellow participants.

Sonographer and volunteer Amie Saho explained: “Worldwide Radiology brings together healthcare professionals all around the world. We work together with clinicians and doctors and bring our expertise to hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa, including The Gambia where I am from. The Gambia, in my opinion, is dealing with a healthcare crisis, and organisations such as Worldwide Radiology really help in bringing skilled experts to these areas around the country.”

Using the handheld ultrasound device
Participants learn to use a handheld ultrasound device.

Designed and delivered by a group of experts, Worldwide Radiology has completed its first point-of-care ultrasound training course in Ghana.

Participants are able to develop their skills and knowledge to become trainers on future courses and leaders in POC ultrasound in Ghana.

“The training provided by Worldwide Radiology has given me a lot of confidence in reporting cases. It is important for us as doctors to sometimes get a second opinion and we are now able to do that,” said radiologist and senior resident in radiology Dr Kwasi Twum at Kumasi, Ghana. “We can issue reports with a lot of confidence with the backing of a sub- specialist area. This support has piqued my interest in research and publications.”

Published on page 12 of the December 2021 issue of RAD Magazine.

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