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Ultrasound Q. 2014 Dec;30(4):262-6. doi: 10.1097/RUQ.0000000000000096.

Screening obstetric ultrasound training for a 5-country cluster randomized controlled trial.

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*Department of Radiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; †Radia, Seattle, WA; ‡University of Washington, Seattle, WA; §C&D Advance Consultants, LLC, San Antonio, TX; ∥Millennium Village Project, Ruhirra, Uganda; ¶Department of Statistics and Epidemiology, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC; #Department of Radiology, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan; **Department of Pediatrics, University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia; ††Moi University School of Medicine, Eldoret, Kenya; ‡‡Fundación para la Alimentación y Nutrición de Centro América y Panamá (FANCAP), Guatemala City, Guatemala; §§Département de Gynécologie-Obstétrique, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, République Démocratique du Congo; and ∥∥Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University, New York, NY.


With decreased equipment cost, provision of ultrasound is now feasible in some low resource settings. Screening obstetric ultrasound may identify potential pregnancy complications and, with this knowledge, allow women to plan to deliver at the appropriate level of care. In this article, we describe a 10-day course with quality assurance activities to train ultrasound-naïve, nonphysician healthcare professionals at midlevel health facilities to perform screening obstetric ultrasound. Those trained will participate in a cluster randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of screening obstetric ultrasound on maternal and newborn outcomes.

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