The ultrasound section at the Aga Khan University Hospital offers state-of-the-art patient services in ultrasound and is privileged to be awarded a Centre for Education (COE) status by the World Federation of Ultrasound and Medicine & Biology (WFUMB).
The section performs more than 24,000 examinations each year, including but not limited to, abdominal and gynecologic ultrasound; thyroid and neck; obstetrics and gynaecology; organ transplants; ultrasound of various joints, muscles and tendons; carotid, abdominal and peripheral vascular doppler examinations. We also perform elastography of the liver to check for liver fibrosis and a whole range of ultrasound-guided biopsies and therapeutic procedures.
Our six rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound units, most with 3-D capabilities. We have portable ultrasound machines that can be deployed anywhere in the hospital including wards and casualty for point of care ultrasound (POCUS). We archive all images electronically on a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) giving us long term retrieval capability and instant comparison with previous examinations. The PACS works as a hub and spoke architecture with connections to all outreach centres of the hospital.
All images are reviewed twice, once by the performing sonographer and thereafter validated by a specialist radiologist to ensure maximum quality control for all examinations.
Residents rotating through this section obtain hands-on experience in imaging various body systems under the guidance of experienced faculty.
As a COE of WFUMB, the ultrasound section has already published over 10 research papers, and the section head, through WFUMB has authored many guidelines and position papers regarding ultrasound procedures.
For more research topics undertaken in the department, kindly visit the Aga Khan University ecommons repository
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