Advances in sensor technology have made ultrasound devices more affordable and portable, and they can now be integrated directly with smartphones. This could revolutionize healthcare by making ultrasound more accessible to people in under-resourced regions.
However, capturing and interpreting ultrasound is a complex medical imaging technique that requires years of training and experience, and there is a shortage of trained ultrasonography experts in these regions. This has real repercussions. For example, up to 50% of pregnant people in low-resource settings do not receive ultrasound screenings during pregnancy. This can lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment of pregnancy complications, which can have serious consequences.