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The Role of Portable Ultrasound in a Global Setting | OMICS International | Abstract
ISSN: 2376-127X

Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health
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The Role of Portable Ultrasound in a Global Setting

Hannah Anderson-Knight, Frith Cull, Natasha Hezelgrave and Andrew Shennan*
Division of Women’s Health, King’s College London, Women’s Health Academic Centre King’s Health Partners, London, United Kingdom
Corresponding Author : Andrew H Shennan
Division of Women’s Health, Women’s Health Academic Centre
King’s College London, 10th Floor North Wing
St Thomas’ Hospital Campus, London SE1 7EH, United Kingdom
Tel: 02071883641
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: November 10, 2014; Accepted: April 06, 2015; Published: April 08, 2015
Citation: Anderson-Knight H, Cull F, Hezelgrave N, Shennan A (2015) The Role of Portable Ultrasound in a Global Setting. J Preg Child Health 2:143. doi: 10.4172/2376-127X.1000143
Copyright: © 2015 Anderson-Knight H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Approximately 289,000 women worldwide die each year during pregnancy or childbirth as a result of preventable conditions. Early detection of many of these conditions would facilitate timely management. Ultrasound can provide detailed information on fetal wellbeing and maternal conditions thus, identifying high risk pregnancies and enabling decisions regarding place and mode of birth. Lower cost, easy to use portable devices, accompanied by basic training programmes, could impact on maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity in low resource settings, where ultrasound use is currently limited.

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