March 27, 2020
As COVID-19 escalates all over the world, we all are facing serious new challenges.
- Nuclear medicine physicians and technologists are being called upon to step outside of nuclear medicine to help with work related to COVID, sometimes with inadequate protection. They are being challenged to conduct essential studies while minimizing COVID exposure to themselves, patients and other personnel.
- Nuclear medicine researchers are facing mandatory closure of labs, forcing discontinuation of research.
- Nuclear medicine pharmacists are challenged to ensure that all needed clinical drugs are produced, with concern about the isotope pipeline.
- Educators are being forced to transition, quickly, to virtual learning with no preparation and limited resources.
- Residents and students are trying to understand how to continue their path forward and how they can continue their education with such uncertainty.
- Nuclear medicine professionals are in some cases facing furloughs or layoffs.
SNMMI has developed a COVID-19 Resource Center to consolidate information and resources that could help in these difficult times. The center includes:
- Information specific to nuclear medicine, including advice on ventilation/perfusion studies and updates on radioisotope supply, as well as useful articles from The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
- Government resources on COVID from nine different agencies
- Other resources, such as the American Medical Association and COVID data websites
- Training and certification resources, with advice from nuclear medicine–related boards and associations
- Current status of SNMMI’s Annual Meeting in June.
The center will be updated regularly and expanded with new information and resources.
We are here to help. We are regularly polling members to find out what challenges you are facing and how SNMMI can support you. Please contact us with any issues or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will do everything within our power to assist.
We remain deeply grateful for your support. I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. This is a challenging time, but nuclear medicine professionals are strong and resilient, and I know that we will get through this together—united—as THE nuclear medicine community.
Vasken Dilsizian, MD