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Nuclear medicine physicians break down COVID-19 game plan at SNMMI

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | July 15, 2020
Molecular Imaging Risk Management

“This appeared as an alert on the requisitions, which then allowed the technologist to act promptly and efficiently,” said Dr. Maria DaCosta, supervisor in nuclear medicine at Mount Sinai.

She adds that a staff wellness program was set up with mental health support; childcare resources; complimentary hotel accommodations, parking, meals and transportation; on-site wellness rooms for staff; and reductions in staff work weeks to four days.

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A phased approach has also been put in place to reintroduce outpatient imaging procedures from hospital clinics and practices and the external provider community. In addition, the hospital and nuclear medicine department are both planning a “transformation” back to full operations pre-COVID.

“This is a significant milestone and signs of progress,” said DaCosta. “Despite great hope, things will not be the same as before the pandemic. We cannot expect to go back to the way things were but to move to the future with a new normal. How that will work and look is still evolving. This pandemic has reinforced all these required changes throughout the world. By considering what changes are necessary and planning for them, nuclear medicine will be better positioned to address patient and community needs and thrive in what will be a new world.”

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