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2016 Projects
Nicaragua Mammography Training Project
May 21 - 29, 2016

2015 Projects
Colombia Mammography Training Project
April 18 - 25, 2015

2013 Projects
Radiology Mammography International
Guatemala Mammography Teaching Project
August 17 - 31, 2013

2010 Projects
Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference
National Cancer Institute
Hanoi, Vietnam
November 2 – 5, 2010

Kosova Mammography Teaching Project
University Clinical Center of Kosova, Prishtina
Regional Hospital, Peja
August 28 – September 11, 2010

Mammography Teaching Project to Amman, Jordan, Al Amal Maternity Hospital and Red Crescent Hospital
April 26 - May 7, 2010

2009 Projects
Mammography Teaching Project Follow-up, Macedonia October 10 – 24, 2009

Mammography Teaching Project to Nairobi, Kenya
Kenyatta National Hospital
May 2 - 17, 2009

2008 Projects
Mammography Teaching Project to Jinotepe, Nicaragua, Oct. 25
- Nov. 9, 2008.

Nicaragua Follow-up Project March 1 - 16, 2008

2007 Projects

Macedonia Mammography Project, September 23 - October 6, 2007

Serbia Mammography Project
May 26 - June 9, 2007

Nicaragua Follow Up Mission, February 24 - March 4, 2007

2006 Projects
China Breast Cancer Conference, Oct. 14 - Oct. 15, 2006

2005 Projects
Nicaragua Mammography Project, October 23 - November 5, 2005

Nepal Teaching Mission,
April 3 – 16 , 2005

2004 Projects
Nicaragua Breast Cancer Conference, March 2004

Bulgaria Mammography Mission, May 2004

Beijing China Follow-up Mammography Mission, August 23-September 3, 2004

Rosebud Indian Health Service Hospital, Rosebud, South Dakota, Nov.1–Nov.3, 2004

Our Mission

Radiology Mammography International (RMI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the mammography and breast cancer education needs of developing and underserved regions all around the world: providing technical assistance, equipment donations, hands on training, and community outreach.
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Interpreting Films

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with Peg Haas




A Healthy World: A Mission Without Boundaries


NEPAL 1994
Off Loading the First Modern Dedicated Mammography Unit
in the Country


"Breast Cancer is apolitical and nonpartisan. It knows no cultural, ethnic or religious boundaries. It respects nothing and nobody. It's an equal opportunity disease."
–Dr. Richard Hirsh

Radiology Mammography International Video
Radiology Mammography International
“Breast cancer is one of the greatest causes of cancer death among women in many developing countries,” says Dr. Richard Hirsh. “As these countries progress toward their goals of improved living and economic conditions, women’s health issues will gradually assume increasing priority. In anticipation of this, we recognize the tremendous need of education about breast cancer awareness, as well as technical assistance in the form of donated mammography equipment and training.”

Dr. Richard Hirsh, M.D. F.A.C.R., is a man with a mission, actually a man with fifteen missions, so far. Dr. Hirsh is a diagnostic radiologist at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio, as well as assistant professor of radiology at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM). He has a special interest in mammography. He knows that mammograms save lives by detecting breast cancer early enough to treat it.

In 1989 Dr. Hirsh participated as a volunteer on a mammography teaching mission to India. He was one of 25 radiology specialists working in nine different cities. Radiologists and technologists taught the importance of early detection of breast cancer, mammographic technique and interpretation.

In 1994, inspired by his previous experience, Dr. Hirsh organized and led a mammography mission to Nepal.

He obtained donated mammographic equipment and assembled a team of experts to teach mammographic technique and interpretation to technologists and radiologists and to create public awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer through the mass media.

Dr. Hirsh succeeded in reaching his goals with this first mission and continues to exceed them each year with subsequent missions to various developing countries, fifteen missions to date.

In 1996 Dr. Hirsh founded Radiology Mammography International (RMI), a non-profit organization with the mission of helping developing regions improve mammography education and obtaining needed equipment to achieve their goals.

Hirsh takes an eight – to twelve-person team on the missions; X-Ray technologists, engineers, radiologists and women’s health educators, as well as spouses of members of the U.S. Congress, who serve as community outreach spokes-persons. The team members come from all over the United States and other countries.

They are volunteers who give up their vacations and leave their families to help underprivileged people in far-off lands. Missions last two to three weeks.

As the machines are installed and the radiology personnel are trained, Dr. Hirsh lectures to general medical and surgical staff about mammography and breast cancer. Spokespersons perform community outreach on the lifesaving importance of early detection.

Dr. Hirsh explains the purpose of RMI with a modified biblical axiom: “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” He adds, “We teach them to fish and leave the pole.”
That pole is expensive. Travel costs, lodging, and food for the team can total $3000.00 per person. The need for equipment and supplies is ongoing. Dr. Hirsh solicits the donation of mammography machines and mammographic film, and routinely seeks grants and private donations for his work.

Lorad in Danbury, Connecticut and Tom Johnson of Professional Consulting & Imaging Services of Wadsworth, Ohio have been extremely generous in donating equipment for the missions. Kodak, All Pro, X-Rite Corporation, Nuclear Associates, Maxant (X-Ray view boxes) and Cook have also been major sponsors, donating test equipment, film, and other supplies.

“These donations are the quality assurance keys to the success of our mission,” said Dr. Hirsh.

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Television News Correspondent Sam Donaldson and Dr. Richard Hirsh at the 10th Annual Congressional Families Action for Cancer Awareness Awards, 2002 in Washington D.C.
Akron Radiologist Richard Hirsh Honored for Humanitarian Missions to Fight Breast Cancer.

In 1999 Dr. Richard Hirsh, M.D. F.A.C.R was honored by the Congressional Families Action for Cancer Awareness Program for his international humanitarian work and founding of Radiology Mammography International.

Congressional Families Action for Cancer Awareness, a program of the Cancer Research Foundation of America, is a bipartisan outreach effort by family members of the Senate, House, Cabinet and Supreme Court to reduce cancer Mortality.

Dr. Hirsh joins very distinguished company. Past honorees include Sen. Bob Dole, Supreme court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jane Seymour, Katie Couric, Jill Biden, Sen. Connie and Priscilla Mack, Sam Donaldson, Barbara Bush, Ann Curry, Susan Love, MD and other outstanding individuals in media, medicine, government, education, and human services.

July 13, 2007, Mayor Don Plusquelic awards Dr. Richard Hirsh a plaque for Akron Peace Council Honors. The plaque states "Dr. Richard Hirsh Day" for the City of Akron, Ohio.


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