Volume 85, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



In developing countries, it is difficult to rally a radiologist to conduct field studies. Here, we report how a radiologist taught a clinician to carry out the ultrasound examination as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) record sheet for related lesions. In a population infected with , the learner and teacher performed two ultrasound exams and the results were compared. One hundred thirty-two children were prospectively included, during 8 ultrasonography sessions split over 23 days. After 51 examinations the learner's sensitivity was above 90%. After the fifth session the specificity reached 100% (results remained stable until the end of the study period). This study shows that a clinician can quickly learn how to carry out a simple ultrasound examination to gather the items needed for the follow-up of related lesions, suggesting that clinicians could implement networks of ultrasound-based surveillance on the field.


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  • Received : 02 May 2011
  • Accepted : 09 Sep 2011

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