The medical charity Bridge to Well being Medical and Dental examined the idea within the highlands of southwest Uganda in 2014. Their examine, printed by PLOS One this 12 months, discovered that when medical doctors arrange momentary clinics in rural villages, six instances as many pregnant girls visited when free ultrasounds have been marketed, in contrast with the turnout in villages the place the ultrasounds weren’t supplied or have been marketed solely by phrase of mouth.
Ladies who beforehand had seen solely conventional healers have been 9 instances extra prone to present up if the ultrasounds have been marketed.
“It’s magic to have the ability to see your unborn child,” stated Dr. Michael S. Silverman, an infectious illness specialist at Western College in London, Canada, and a examine co-author.
The ultrasound scanners within the examine value $10,000 new or $2,500 refurbished, stated Dr. William Cherniak, the manager director of Bridge to Well being and one other co-author. They’re battery-powered, do 40 scans per cost, and might survive bouncing alongside rutted filth roads.
The group hopes to check cheap new scanners that plug immediately into smartphones; the technician can view the fetus on the cellphone and transmit the picture to a radiologist wherever on the earth, Dr. Cherniak stated.
The ladies within the examine may see their fetuses solely on displays, however Bridge to Well being has since added a printer so the ladies can take dwelling photos.
“We even identified acute appendicitis in an older lady who got here in though she wasn’t pregnant,” Dr. Cherniak stated. “These machines have numerous makes use of.”