Testing telediagnostic right upper quadrant abdominal ultrasound in Peru: A new horizon in expanding access to imaging in rural and underserved areas

In this study, we tested an asynchronous telediagnostic system for right upper quadrant abdominal ultrasound examination operated by individuals without prior ultrasound experience to facilitate deployment of ultrasound to rural and underserved areas.METHODS: The teleultrasound system utilized in this study employs volume sweep imaging and a telemedicine app installed on a tablet which connects to an ultrasound machine. Volume sweep imaging is an ultrasound technique in which an individual scans the target region utilizing preset ultrasound sweeps demarcated by easily recognized external body landmarks. The sweeps are saved as video clips for later interpretation by an experienced radiologist. Teleultrasound scans from a Peruvian clinic obtained by individuals without prior ultrasound experience were sent to the United States for remote interpretation and quality assessment. Standard of care comparison was made to a same-day ultrasound examination performed by a radiologist.RESULTS: Individuals without prior ultrasound experience scanned 144 subjects. Image quality was rated "poor" on 36.8% of exams, "acceptable" on 38.9% of exams, and "excellent" on 24.3% of exams. Among telemedicine exams of "acceptable" or "excellent" image quality (n = 91), greater than 80% of the liver and gallbladder were visualized in the majority of cases. In this group, there was 95% agreement between standard of care and teleultrasound on whether an ...
Source: Rural Remote Health - Category: Rural Health Authors: Source Type: research

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Source: Emergency Radiology - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Emergency Radiology - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: JSLS : Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
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