Imaging the World (ITW)
ITW's mission is to save lives by bringing ultrasound imaging technology and expertise to remote low income communities around the globe. Without this technology, rural and remote populations suffer needlessly due to a lack of basic diagnostic equipment and trained personnel. Without advance warning, many treatable diseases become critical resulting in death or disfigurement. Basic ultrasound technology can alert and pinpoint existing or pending health issues and allow for timely and critical treatment. ITW aims to create and implement new sustainable models for ultrasound imaging, making basic, life-saving diagnosis possible for those who are most at risk worldwide.
In the ITW model, local medical or non-medical persons are trained to perform simple screening ultrasound examinations, creating volume sweeps of individual organs guided solely by external body landmarks. These are sent via cell phone or other internet connection to an international imaging repository where volunteer ultrasound experts can make a preliminary diagnoses and send back a text message alert and an email report advising the patient on further treatment. By involving local medical clinics and local governments in both the diagnostic and treatment process we create a sustainable program of modern image based diagnosis and treatment for people who would not otherwise have access. For more information please visit www.imagingtheworld.org.