Viamo portable ultrasound system was donated by Toshiba Medical to assist with the surgeries at Bugando Medical Centre, which serves about 13 million people.
These surgeries were carried out on children with anorectal malformations and Viamo was used to image their spinal cord and urinary tract. Training was given to local staff on how to perform exams on patients with similar abnormalities.
Dr Steven J. Kraus, division chief of fluoroscopy and staff pediatric radiologist in the department of radiology at Cincinnati Children’s, said: “We look forward to this mission in Tanzania so that we can educate and provide necessary resources in an underserved community,“.
He added that technology like the Viamo ultrasound is more difficult to come by in those regions. That makes it a challenge to perform routine imaging for anorectal malformation, which occurs in one in 5,000 live births.
In February 2010 Toshiba Medical received FDA clearance for the Viamo ultrasound. It was designed with advanced radiology capabilities that were previously unavailable on portable ultrasound systems.
This marks Cincinnati Children’s second annual mission to Tanzania — the last mission was carried out in May 2016. Next month, it will be completing its third mission to the East African country using the Viamo ultrasound.
For this mission, Cincinnati Children’s also partnered with the nonprofit organization Mending Kids, which provides surgical care to children around the world. Through the organization, thousands of children have received corrective surgeries for congenital heart defects, orthopaedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, colorectal anomalies and significant cranial facial deformities.