Ultrasound in the limited-resource setting: A systematic qualitative review

Molly Hallweaver, Christine McBeth, Lori Stolz, Amy Struder, Michael Schick

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Purpose of Review The purpose of this review is to summarize the most recently published literature regarding ultrasound (US) use in limited-resource settings. Recent Findings The body of literature is quite heterogeneous, but several recurring themes emerged from the data. Research regarding education is burgeoning, with studies showing that low-cost training modules can effectively teach US skills to novices. Many studies reported feasibility of training non-physicians to perform US, which allows for task-shifting. Research regarding clinical application of US is broad; especially regarding Echocardiography, Infectious Disease, and OB-GYN. Summary US continues to be a highly utilized tool in limited-resource settings. We identified several common themes among the recent literature: the use of educational interventions to train non-physician providers, the use of US for improved screening methods, and the expanded role of US in clinical purposes including Infectious Disease, Echocardiography, Pulmonary, and Obstetrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number21
JournalCurrent Radiology Reports
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Low-and middle-income countries
  • Resource-limited setting
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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