Ultrasound in the Limited-Resource Setting: A Systematic Qualitative Review

  • Molly Hallweaver
  • Christine McBeth
  • Lori Stolz
  • Amy Struder
  • Michael SchickEmail author
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Global Radiology


Purpose of Review

The purpose of this review is to summarize the most recently published literature regarding ultrasound (US) use in limited-resource settings.

Recent Findings

The body of literature is quite heterogeneous, but several recurring themes emerged from the data. Research regarding education is burgeoning, with studies showing that low-cost training modules can effectively teach US skills to novices. Many studies reported feasibility of training non-physicians to perform US, which allows for task-shifting. Research regarding clinical application of US is broad; especially regarding Echocardiography, Infectious Disease, and OB-GYN.


US continues to be a highly utilized tool in limited-resource settings. We identified several common themes among the recent literature: the use of educational interventions to train non-physician providers, the use of US for improved screening methods, and the expanded role of US in clinical purposes including Infectious Disease, Echocardiography, Pulmonary, and Obstetrics.


Ultrasound Resource-limited setting Low- and middle-income countries 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Molly Hallweaver
    • 1
  • Christine McBeth
    • 1
  • Lori Stolz
    • 2
  • Amy Struder
    • 3
  • Michael Schick
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of California DavisSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA
  3. 3.University of California DavisDavisUSA

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