Virtual Radiologic (vRad) has announced a global charitable initiative to provide pro bono diagnostic radiology services to the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).
Doctors Without Borders/MSF delivers emergency medical care and other assistance to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect or catastrophe in 80 countries. Through the partnership with MSF, vRad will provide the expertise of its more than 400 radiologists, technology and operational skills to two projects in MSF's organization in Nukus, Uzbekistan, and Boguila, Central African Republic.
The vRad network of radiologists will support MSF's mission in Uzbekistan, a country experiencing a large outbreak of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The MSF teams recently installed a new digital imaging system to improve diagnosis of MDR-TB patients. Combined with the professional services provided by vRad radiologists, this new diagnostic capacity in MSF facilities will help address this public health crisis, according to Minneapolis-based vRad.
MSF will also be installing a new digital imaging system in Boguila, Central African Republic, a country where access to medical care is limited and the healthcare system has collapsed due to continuing violence. The new system and services provided by MSF and vRad will improve general medical care for both adults and children.