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Table 2 Barriers to using ultrasound

From: Perceived barriers in the use of ultrasound in developing countries

  Percentage of respondents who have experienced this barrier to ultrasound use
Lack of training 59.9
Cost of maintaining/obtaining/updating machines 50.0
Lack of reliable maintenance to fix machine 47.0
Lack of equipment 45.5
Lack of internet to tele-communicate for support 43.9
No support personnel to answer questions 38.6
Machine breaking 37.1
Lack of gel 32.6
Trained personnel in ultrasound leaving the site 31.8
Lack of electricity or power 31.0
Lack of support of point of care ultrasound from the hospital administration 25.0
Discomfort in image interpretation 25.0
Lack of support of point of care ultrasound from the radiology department 23.5
Discomfort in using ultrasound to make images 15.2
Too much time to get ultrasound and perform exam 14.4
Liability concerns 9.1
Adequate coverage by radiology—eliminating need to perform own exam 3.8