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Virtual Radiologic Partners with Doctors Without Borders/MSF to Deliver Expert Patient Care to Underserved Countries
Date:9/20/2011

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtual Radiologic (vRad), a technology-enabled radiology practice, announced a global charitable initiative today 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 their 400+ radiologists, next-generation technology and operational skills to two critical projects in MSF's organization in Nukus, Uzbekistan, and Boguila, Central African Republic.

"Being chosen by MSF to provide professional radiology services for regions that are experiencing healthcare delivery challenges is extremely gratifying," said Rob Kill, vRad's Chief Executive Officer. "We are privileged to have this opportunity with MSF to improve people's lives where resources we sometimes take for granted simply do not exist."

The vRad network of radiologists will support MSF's mission in Uzbekistan, a country experiencing a large outbreak of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) with devastating results to local and even global populations as tuberculosis spreads. 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.

"Collaboration with vRad will improve access to specialized clinical support for patients in regions with limited access to medical resources," said Saskia Spijker, Radiographer with MSF. "Radiological consultation has the potential to improve the quality of patient management in areas where MSF works, and acts as an ed
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