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ASRT Presses Health Officials for Vaccines

Dec 08, 2020

The ASRT has contacted public health officials in every state to ensure that radiologic technologists, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists and sonographers are included in the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination plans as recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices.

Medical imaging professionals have played a crucial role in the care and management of COVID-19 patients by performing a multitude of imaging exams. A few examples include chest x-rays on patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus, post-intubation images of patients on ventilators and sonography procedures on COVID patients with blood clots and vascular complications. Medical imaging professionals may also travel to patients’ homes and to long-term care facilities to image those individuals who need care but may not be able to travel to a health care facility while radiation therapists have continued to care for cancer patients throughout this pandemic

The ASRT was joined by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography in the push to ensure that radiologic technologists are considered along with doctors and nurses as frontline health care personnel.

See letter here

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