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Obstetric Ultrasounds in Africa: Is it Necessary to Promote their Appropriate Use?

José M Carrera

Keywords : Obstetric ultrasonography,Africa,Developing countries,Cooperation,Commodification

Citation Information : Carrera JM. Obstetric Ultrasounds in Africa: Is it Necessary to Promote their Appropriate Use?. Donald School J Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2011; 5 (3):289-296.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10009-1205

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-09-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

This paper reviews the situation of obstetric ultrasound scans in Africa (extent of use, sonographer training, indications and results, etc.). Special emphasis is given to the advisability of legally regulating their use, the need for improved training among today's sonographers and the potential dangers that the incorrect and indiscriminate use of ultrasounds can involve. The paper condemns the commodification of the technique and reviews the current status of scientific production.


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