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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Most People in the World Do Not Have Access to Basic Radiology Services, WHO Estimates

In The Atlantic (9/27), Jason Silverstein, a lecturer and writer-in-residence in the department of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, writes that “the World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the planet does not have access to basic radiology services.” The piece points out that “there are more radiologists working in the four teaching hospitals on Longwood Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts, than there are in West Africa.” Silverstein adds that “the global radiology gap is far less discussed than infectious-disease outbreaks and natural disasters, but its dangers to public health are every bit as urgent.” 

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The purpose of this page is to inform SBI members about legislative updates that impact breast imaging and breast imagers. Dr. Nicole Saphier will be contributing and providing the posts on a quarterly basis. 

About Nicole B. Saphier, MD: 

I am a board certified radiologist with fellowship training in Oncologic Imaging and am the Director of Breast Imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth facility. I see patients at MSK in New York City as well as at MSK Monmouth New Jersey with my primary clinical focus of breast imaging and intervention, including mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI.

In addition to breast imaging, I am active in healthcare leadership, policy, and advocacy at local and national levels as well as holding a seat on the RADPAC board. Although I see many patients every year, being involved in advocacy and legislation allows me to reach infinitely more. I am also the creator of the Twitter hashtag #RadsHaveAFace which I developed in an effort to bring radiologists out of the dark and into the light in our rapidly changing healthcare paradigm.

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