RSNA and GE HealthCare Collaborate to Bring Advanced Mammography Technology to Tanzania

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and GE HealthCare have announced a collaboration to provide mammography technology, training and educational tools to radiologists at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), part of Muhimbili University of Health and Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania, where breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, to increase access to screening and help clinicians reduce breast cancer mortality in the country.

MNH at MUHAS is a public hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, without a functioning mammography machine. GE HealthCare will install the Pristina Mammography Suite at MUHAS and provide maintenance of the system atat no cost to the university. With breast cancer mortality rates in Tanzania among the highest globally, our work with RSNA will help bring much-needed mammography technology to MUHAS. Early detection can save lives, and we believe this combination of technology, training and educational tools has the potential to help thousands of women across Tanzania,” said Jan Makela, President and CEO of Imaging at GE HealthCare.

RSNA launched the Global Learning Center (GLC) program in 2020 to establish learning centers with established radiology departments based in low- or middle-resourced countries and now it has established sites in South Africa, Tanzania, Ecuador, Indonesia and Armenia. Through this collaboration with GE HealthCare, we are able to work with local stakeholders at Muhimbili National Hospital to develop a breast imaging curriculum, provide in-person hands-on training in mammography, and offer online courses, technical assistance and virtual support,” said Umar Mahmood, Chair of the RSNA Board of Directors.

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