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SNMMI position statement on the situation in Ukraine

March 3, 2022 — The Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) mourns the recent invasion of Ukraine which has resulted in the death and injury of large numbers of innocent men, women and children, a terrifying contrast to our work to save lives and improve patient care.

The mission of the SNMMI is to improve human health by advancing nuclear medicine, molecular imaging and radiotherapy. Given our global reach, SNMMI leaders must express grave concern over the rapidly deteriorating situation in Ukraine. Many more lives will be lost in the days and weeks ahead if a peaceful resolution to this conflict is not quickly achieved. In addition, Ukraine has 15 nuclear reactors providing half of the country’s electricity and is home to the Chernobyl nuclear facility, which requires intensive environmental management for safety purposes. Among the civilians threatened by this invasion are the workers who ensure the security of these nuclear power plants and of the Chernobyl nuclear installation.

For these nuclear workers, for the medical professionals providing nuclear medicine and other services, and above all, for the safety and well-being of the people of Ukraine, SNMMI urges an immediate end to the invasion and occupation of Ukraine and strongly supports a speedy and peaceful resolution. of this conflict.

Our hearts go out to all those affected by this crisis in Ukraine and around the world.

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