Most of the World Doesn't Have Access to X-Rays

The World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the planet does not have access to basic radiology services: simple x-rays, which can show a cracked bone or lung infection, and ultrasounds, which use sound waves to picture a growing fetus, track blood flow, or guide a biopsy. In a country of 43 million, Kenya only has 200 radiologists; Massachusetts General, in Boston, has 126. Elsewhere, the deprivation is even more severe. Liberia currently has 2 radiologists. There are more radiologists working in the four teaching hospitals on Longwood Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts, than there are in West Africa.

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