Diagnostic imaging

How does WHO respond?

Activities in the area of diagnostic imaging are coordinated by the Diagnostic Imaging and Medical Devices team (DIM), within the Essential Health Technologies (EHT) department. The activities are largely directed towards capacity transfer for small and mid-size hospitals in countries with sparse resources. From time to time, DIM interacts with identified experts from all parts of the world, to seek their inputs on ongoing activities and emerging challenges in order to make it's programme global and equitable to all.


Major activities include :

  • Development and dissemination of practical guidelines, manuals and workbooks to meet needs the of "end-users", mainly radiographers, nurses, and general physicians responsible for performing and interpreting X-ray and ultrasound examinations without sufficient expertise.

  • Upon requests from Member States to collaborate in establishing local, i.e., national and/or regional, training programmes focusing mainly on quality control measurements, routine maintenance of equipment, how to perform basic examinations, and how to interpret them.

  • Collaborate with the "scientific community", external experts, WHO Collaborating Centres, NGOs and manufacturers of imaging equipment, towards technical solutions for improved diagnostic imaging services in remote locations, overcoming shortage of qualified staff by introducing, firstly, digital X-ray equipment suitable for areas with questionable infrastructure, and secondly, to explore possibilities for teleradiology solutions at affordable cost.

Contact information

World Health Organization
Medical Devices
20 Avenue Appia
1211, Geneva 27
Email: medicaldevices@who.int