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Ultrasound imaging is an effective tool for identifying maternal mortality risk factors. Unfortunately, ultrasound is nearly absent in many rural healthcare facilities in developing regions due to the high costs of both equipment and required training. To leverage existing healthcare systems commonly found in these contexts, we have focused our efforts on increasing the diagnostic capabilities of midwives – often central medical figures in rural and low-income communities. We have designed and built a low-cost portable ultrasound device consisting of a USB ultrasound probe and a touchscreen netbook for a total cost of around USD3500. Compared to currently available ultrasound devices, we simplified the user interface while maintaining functionality to allow midwives to detect three common obstetrical conditions: placenta previa, multiple gestations, and breech presentation. To evaluate our solution, we tested the accuracy of ultrasound measurements, image quality, and whether midwives could use ultrasound. Testing performed by nine clinicians indicated our device would be appropriate for identifying the three conditions. Our modular design approach allows for easy modification, and the device is designed to utilize existing local healthcare resources in order to create a sustainable solution that does not depend on continuous foreign assistance.

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  • Portable Antenatal Ultrasound Platform for Village Midwives
    Waylon Brunette, Wayne Gerard, Matthew A. Hicks, Alexis Hope, Mitchell Ishimitsu, Pratik Prasad, Ruth E. Anderson, Gaetano Borriello, Beth E. Kolko, Robert Nathan
    ACM DEV, 2010. Paper.
  • Portable Antenatal Ultrasound Platform for Village Midwives Waylon Brunette, Wayne Gerard, Matthew A. Hicks, Alexis Hope, Mitchell Ishimitsu, Pratik Prasad, Ruth E. Anderson, Gaetano Borriello, Beth E. Kolko, Robert Nathan
    UW CSE Affiliates, 2010. Poster, Talk.
  • Reducing Maternal Mortality: An Ultrasound System for Village Midwives.Brunette, W., Hicks, M., Hope, A., Ruddy, G., Anderson, R. E., and Kolko, B.
    Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (October 30 – November 01, 2011). Paper Link: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=6103613&tag=1
  • Adapting collaborative radiological practice to low-resource environments.Beth E. Kolko, Alexis Hope, Waylon Brunette, Karen Saville, Wayne Gerard, Michael Kawooya, and Robert Nathan.
    Proceedings of the ACM 2012 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW ’12). Paper Link: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2145204.2145223
  • The midwife’s assistant: designing integrated learning tools to scaffold ultrasound practice.Ruth Anderson,Waylon Brunette, Wayne Gerard, Beth Kolko, Alexis Hope, Jacqueline Keh, Laura Schlenke, Rob Nathan, and Michael Kawooya.
    Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD ’12). Paper Link: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2160673.2160700