PLANTATION, FL, March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Akumin Inc. (TSX: AKU.U, AKU) ("Akumin") announced today it will be dedicating 10 of its freestanding, outpatient diagnostic imaging centers (the "Designated Centers") across its regions to focus specifically on patients who have been diagnosed with an active case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, or who have similar symptoms. Those patients can receive imaging procedures, such as CT, X-ray or Ultrasound, to the extent they have been ordered by a physician who determines such services to be necessary or useful in connection with their medical assessment and treatment related to COVID-19. This decision will also allow such patients to receive essential medical imaging studies which may be necessary in connection with COVID-19 or other conditions unrelated to COVID-19. While Akumin continues to follow CDC and state and local health department guidelines relating to infectious disease protocols at all of its centers to protect its patients, personnel and the broader community, the Designated Centers will maintain heightened decontamination protocols.
"Akumin is taking these actions to do its part to help its communities in response to COVID-19 by dedicating healthcare resources to dealing with this pandemic while ensuring the safety of its employees and patients," said Riadh Zine, CEO of Akumin.
All other Akumin imaging centers remain open to provide imaging services for our patients, subject to local laws and compliance with CDC guidelines. These imaging centers will continue to screen patients before entry, based on CDC guidelines, and will direct symptomatic patients to the Designated Centers. In addition, Akumin will work with local health authorities to provide an alternative imaging option to hospital essential imaging services so that resources at hospitals can be focused on, and redirected to dealing with, the coronavirus outbreak. Also, subject to local public health orders intended to fight the novel coronavirus and preserve personal protective equipment, Akumin patients with scheduled screening studies may experience a deferral of their studies.
Akumin is a leading provider of outpatient diagnostic imaging services in the United States, with freestanding centers located in Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois and Kansas. Our centers provide physicians with imaging capabilities to facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders, thereby reducing the need for unnecessary invasive procedures and contributing to lower costs and better outcomes for patients. Our imaging procedures include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound, X-ray, mammography and other diagnostic or interventional radiology procedures.
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