By staff writers

March 9, 2010 -- More than half of cardiologists surveyed across Russia and Eastern Europe had not received training on how to get the best use of their ultrasound imaging equipment, according to a new survey from market research firm InMedica.

The report also found that the situation was only slightly better for clinicians working in general imaging, where about 40% had not received training on how to get the best use of their equipment. By contrast, this figure was only 25% in a similar survey conducted across Western Europe.

The need for training in Eastern Europe also is found in more than 90% of medical professionals using ultrasound, who feel they need more training to use their equipment effectively.

The report stated that a major part of the problem seems to be the lack of funding for training from the health service providers. In addition, low wages of medical professionals in many Eastern European countries are insufficient to allow individuals to pay for training themselves.

Service contracts with ultrasound equipment manufacturers are also much less common in Eastern Europe than Western Europe, according to InMedica. The Eastern European survey showed less than one-third of general radiologists reported having a service contract with the equipment manufacturers, compared with almost 90% in the previous survey of Western Europe.

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