Why Ultrasound?

Diagnostic ultrasound is a safe, portable, and real-time, point-of-care imaging tool. It can show potential life-threatening conditions — a low-lying placenta, pneumonia, breast cancer. Ultrasound is becoming the 21st century stethoscope. Why listen if you can now look inside the body?

 
OB/Gyn physician in Haiti, scanning a new mother after NYAGI skills-training.

OB/Gyn physician in Haiti, scanning a new mother after NYAGI skills-training.

Ultrasound has been used safely in health care for over 50 years. Harmless sound waves help to “see” anatomic structures inside the body. It is commonly used for fetal assessment, cardiac function, trauma, and can also be used for things like breast cancer screening, stroke risk assessment, and identifying pneumonias and fractures.

With its improved image quality, miniaturization and battery power, ultrasound equipment can now be easily carried in a small lightweight bag. Imagine how many people could benefit from the power of diagnostic ultrasound – if they only knew how to use it. NYAGI’s mission is to rapidly teach and empower healthcare providers with diagnostic ultrasound skills to identify potentially life-threatening conditions. 

 

Why Today?

Every two minutes a woman dies from complications of pregnancy. That’s equivalent to ten fully-occupied 747 airplanes crashing every week.

Many women, especially those in low-income countries and remote, rural areas around the world, would benefit from access to basic diagnostic prenatal ultrasound. Most rural clinics lack diagnostic tools needed to identify conditions like placenta previa, breach presentations, breast cancer, tuberculosis, or life-threatening injuries from motor vehicle accidents. Ultrasound is a proven technology that is portable, safe, and immediate—and with NYAGI’s accelerated learning approach—ultrasound can save lives today.

Follow-up research has shown that empowering rural clinics with ultrasound attracts new mothers from remote villages to seek out prenatal care, pregnancies that otherwise would have been left to chance. This creates opportunities for important maternal and child health education.

 
The local clinic in rural Melamchi, Nepal, now using diagnostic ultrasound.

The local clinic in rural Melamchi, Nepal, now using diagnostic ultrasound.