Two-thirds of the world’s population has little or no access to radiology services, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Diagnostic imaging is a vital component of healthcare services, giving your doctor information about what is happening inside your body for better diagnosis and treatment options.
American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Education and Research Foundation and RAD-AID International offer a fellowship program that helps support technologists and therapists who want to serve in the developing world. Award recipients join RAD-AID’s project teams for international initiatives designed to improve access to quality medical imaging for populations in need.
Gary Greathouse, MSRT, (R), program director of Mercy School of Radiologic Technology, was recently awarded an ASRT/RAD-AID fellowship grant to travel to Nairobi, Kenya, this month as part of a multidisciplinary health care team. Members will assess needs and plan a radiology-training program, which will begin next year. Greathouse was chosen because of his educational background in radiology science and desire to serve.
“Helping others is near and dear to my heart, and to be able to serve on an international scale is very rewarding,” Greathouse says. “I’m fortunate to work for an organization that values mission and outreach efforts.”
Greathouse has worked at Mercy Medical Center for 19 years. He is an active member of ASRT and was named vice chairman of the Management Chapter of ASRT for 2013-2014. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT) until 2016.