The value of mobile ultrasound services in rural communities in South-South Nigeria

Anthonia Ikpeme, Nchiewe Ani, Boniface Ago, Emmanuel Effa, Omofolasade Kosoko-Lasaki, Andrew Ekpenyong

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AIM: This paper examines the activities of mobile services units including ultrasound services in rural and urban communities in the Calabar region of South-South, Nigeria. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Consenting individuals were invited and attended five medical outreach activities in rural and urban areas of the Calabar region between January and June 2016. Abdomino-pelvic scans were done. Subsequently the results were analyzed. RESULTS: Five hundred and seventy-four (574) individuals had Abdomino-pelvic scans done, using a curvilinear probe to assess the abdomino-pelvic organs. The female to male ratio was 1.46:1. The age ranged from 1-78 years with a mean of 40.63 (standard deviation of 17.5). The commonest sonographic finding was uterine fibroids, 21 (8.1%). Fifty-four percent of the scans were normal. The commonest sonographic finding in men was prostatic enlargement. CONCLUSION: Medical outreach activities provided by mobile units provide much needed ultrasound services in poor resource settings in Nigeria. Significant clinical pathologies were identified at fairly high rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1011-1015
Number of pages5
JournalOpen Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume5
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2017

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