Monday, October 17, 2016

X-cluded from X-Rays

The World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the planet does not have access to basic radiology services: simple x-rays, which can show a cracked bone or lung infection, and ultrasounds, which use sound waves to picture a growing fetus, track blood flow, or guide a biopsy.

 In a country of 43 million, Kenya only has 200 radiologists; Massachusetts General, in Boston, has 126. 

Liberia currently has two radiologists.

There are more radiologists working in the four teaching hospitals on Longwood Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts, than there are in all of West Africa.

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