South Africa Pilots Mobile X-Ray Tuberculosis Detection Project

One of the most striking findings of South Africa's first National Tuberculosis (TB) Prevalence Survey was that of 234 people found to have TB, around 58% had abnormal chest X-rays without experiencing any TB symptoms, writes Tiyese Jeranji for Spotlight. One of the key recommendations from the National TB Prevalence Survey is to increase "access to TB screening and testing services through outreach programmes using mobile testing and X-ray facilities". In line with this, a pilot study was launched in six districts looking at the feasibility of using mobile and portable X-ray technologies.

SA Piloting Mobile X-Rays to Improve TB Detection

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One of the most striking findings of South Africa's first National Tuberculosis (TB) Prevalence Survey was that of 234 people found to have TB, around 58% had abnormal chest X-rays without ...

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu during a recent World TB Day commemoration event in KwaDukuza unveiled a new mobile X-ray clinic and said that it will “produce TB results in a record time of 15 minutes”. At present these mobile X-ray service is only available in areas such as eThekwini and Ilembe.

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