FujiFilm SonoSite is teaming with Floating Doctors, a non-profit organization that provides free acute and preventative healthcare services, and donated medical supplies to isolated areas worldwide. Their collaborative efforts are captured in the first installment of a six-part video series aimed at educating the public about the impacts of hand-carried ultrasound equipment to remote locations around the globe. Floating Doctors’ clinicians work with FujiFilm SonoSite’s portable Edge ultrasound system.
According to its website, the mission of Floating Doctors is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in healthcare delivery worldwide. To reach the remote coastal communities they serve, doctors with the non-profit often travel in open boats. The Edge hand-carried ultrasound is well suited for travel and use in challenging environments, according to FujiFilm SonoSite, helping physicians make a difference with confident, on-the-spot diagnosis. SonoSite further reports that it agrees with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) that, in many scenarios, ultrasound should be the first—and only—tool necessary to aid in diagnosis or guide an invasive procedure.