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International Journal of Radiology Sciences

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part A (2024)

The abuse of ultrasonography: A critical review of the Nigerian situation

Author(s):

Abayomi, Olawale Ayobami, Adeyeri, Adetola Abayomi, Thomas Anthony Awolowo, Olaogun, Dominic Oluwole, Oke, Oluwaseyi Felix, Akinsipe, Catherine Iyabo, Rosiji, Babatunde Olaniyi, Abiyere, Omagbeitse Henry and Olofinbiyi, Babatunde Ajayi

Abstract:

Ultrasonography, a widely used diagnostic tool, has experienced significant proliferation in Nigeria's healthcare landscape. However, alongside its increased availability comes a concerning trend of abuse, raising questions about ethical practice, patient welfare, and regulatory oversight. This abstract critically reviews the abuse of ultrasonography in Nigeria, examining key factors contributing to this phenomenon and its implications for healthcare delivery. Firstly, the proliferation of unqualified practitioners highlights a fundamental issue, with individuals lacking proper training and credentials performing ultrasound scans, leading to inaccurate diagnoses and patient harm. Secondly, the misuse of ultrasonography for gender determination purposes has led to sex-selective abortions, raising ethical concerns and perpetuating gender-based discrimination. Furthermore, diagnostic inaccuracies and misinterpretations due to inadequate training and expertise among practitioners pose risks to patient safety. The absence of a robust regulatory framework exacerbates these challenges, allowing unscrupulous practitioners to operate with impunity. Ethical considerations surrounding informed consent, patient confidentiality, and respect for patient autonomy are compromised in cases of ultrasound abuse. Addressing the abuse of ultrasonography in Nigeria requires coordinated efforts to strengthen regulatory mechanisms, enhance professional standards, and promote ethical practices. By acknowledging the root causes of abuse and fostering accountability in medical practice, Nigeria can ensure the safe and responsible use of ultrasonography for improved healthcare outcomes.

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International Journal of Radiology Sciences
How to cite this article:
Abayomi, Olawale Ayobami, Adeyeri, Adetola Abayomi, Thomas Anthony Awolowo, Olaogun, Dominic Oluwole, Oke, Oluwaseyi Felix, Akinsipe, Catherine Iyabo, Rosiji, Babatunde Olaniyi, Abiyere, Omagbeitse Henry and Olofinbiyi, Babatunde Ajayi. The abuse of ultrasonography: A critical review of the Nigerian situation. Int. J. Radiol. Sci. 2024;6(1):04-07. DOI: 10.33545/26649810.2024.v6.i1a.20
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