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CALL TO ACTION - Proposed Changes to TJC Imaging Standards

October 3, 2014

SNMMI needs your help with contacting The Joint Commission (TJC) to ensure that nuclear medicine technologists can continue to perform their jobs and provide patients with the best care possible! Please send in your comments and complete the survey linked below.

On September 3, 2014, TJC released Proposed Revisions to Diagnostic Imaging Services. These revisions will change the standards that are essential to nuclear medicine and, if approved, could have a detrimental effect on the industry as a whole!

TJC’s Proposed Revisions (Standards 19 and 21):

  • Would remove technologists certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) from the list of technologists qualified to perform stand-alone diagnostic computed tomography (CT) exams
  • Could result in problems with being allowed to perform single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) combined with CT and PET combined with CT


SNMMI’s suggested talking points for your comment letter can be found here.

Make sure your voice is heard! Contact TJC and let them know that these standards CANNOT be approved in their current form!

The deadline to submit comments for the Proposed Revisions to Diagnostic Imaging Services is October 24, 2014. Comments may be submitted online or mailed to:

The Joint Commission
Standards and Survey Methods
Diagnostic Imaging Services Field Review
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Additionally, SNMMI asks that you complete The Joint Commission’s survey, which consists of 25 questions and should take about 15-20 minutes to complete.  To start the survey, click on the arrow found at the bottom right of the page.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SNMMI’s Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs department at hpra@snmmi.org.