The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has joined the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), and other professional medical imaging organizations in calling for their members to have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

During this global pandemic it is vital that medical imaging professionals, along with all health care professionals, have access to PPE, including gowns, masks, gloves and eye protection. These professionals work alongside other allied health workers in hospitals who provide immediate care to patients. All examinations and treatments place healthcare professionals and the equipment they use in immediate proximity to patients, requiring appropriate protective apparatus and disinfecting agents.

To support this call, the SNMMI has signed onto a letter encouraging the President of the United States to “accelerate production and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) for those actively involved in face-to-face interaction with patients in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.” 

SNMMI is also encouraging its members to participated in a letter writing campaign to encourage their lawmakers and other health officials to ensure an adequate supply of PPE.

Read more from SNMMI and the ASRT.

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