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Imaging the World

Imaging the World (ITW) develops medical procedures and technologies to enable medical imaging in remote villages around the world. ITW’s focus is to improve medical imaging and health care in rural areas by deploying small ultrasound scanners to under-served remote populations.

Founded: 2008 by Kristen K. DeStigter, Brian Garra

Imaging the World
  • Program Area

    Health & Healthcare
  • Location of Impact

  • Headquarters Location

    Charlotte , Vermont, United States
  • Product Platforms

    Web, Hardware, SMS
  • Budget

    $0 to $500,000
  • Founder Demographics


Imaging the World (ITW) identifies communities that historically have had little access to health care technology or are great distances from health care technologies and procedures. ITW trains front-line healthcare providers (nurses, nurse midwives, and clinical officers) to perform basic ultrasound scans and transmit images to an image storage and display server via the internet using cellular technology or a local Wi-Fi connected to an internet access point. The images are then viewed by volunteer radiology professionals. An email or text (SMS) summary is then automatically and immediately sent back to the rural community. Health concerns are potentially detected much earlier, giving patients time to travel to clinics with more advanced health care options, including surgery. The result is improved patient outcomes and saved lives.

Funders and Awards

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and the Citizens of Canada, The Joseph Fineberg Foundation, Philips Healthcare, The Thomas Family Foundation