Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis
Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) has been
identified by the World Health Organization as a leading
cause of permanent and long-term disability in the world,
with an estimate of over 120 million people having some
form of the disease. Recognition of earlier stages of
lymphatic pathology and dysfunction has only recently
been made possible through ultrasonographic and lymphoscintigraphic
Using the portable Terason Ultrasound System, physicians
in Brazil and Africa are able to localize the living
adult worms in people suffering from LF by detecting
the 'filaria dance sign'. They are providing high-quality
care to men who suffer from filarial hydrocele, and
hope to eventually eliminate LF.
Physician and sonographer Dr. Sunny Mante uses a Terason
system that has a 5-10 MHz probe, and simultaneous availability
of M, B and Doppler modes. Says Dr. Anders R. Seim (Health
Development International, Norway ), "This is the first
portable system that I have found with all three functions
available. The laptop can also be used for all of Dr.
Mante's regular computer needs as well."
Says David Addiss of the CDC, "The entire LF elimination
effort is built on a great public-private partnership,
we're grateful for Terason coming to our assistance
on such short notice."
For more information, visit The
Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis website.
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