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April 20, 2017

Applications Open for ASRT Foundation and Toshiba Medical Safety FiRsT Grant Program

Provides Funding to Improve or Expand Technologist Safety

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 20, 2017 – The ASRT Foundation and Toshiba Medical have teamed up again to help improve technologist safety in radiology with the third annual Safety FiRsT® grant program.

The Safety FiRsT program awards two ASRT members a grant of up to $7,000 each for the implementation of a radiologic technology safety program or creative idea aimed at improving technologist safety. The winning facilities will then implement the program and share best practices.

In 2016, the winners used the funds to promote radiologic technology safety through the purchase of a lifting device for a hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, and walkers and wheelchairs made of non-magnetic materials for safety in an MR suite in a hospital in Boca Raton, Florida.

“The Safety FiRsT program grants help facilities to ensure the safety of their technologists and meet their business needs simultaneously,” said ASRT Foundation Chairman of the Board Georgia Hitzke, R.T. (R)(M). “Assistance that helps purchase new equipment for technologists, creates new programs or implements other inventive ideas to improve safety allows the facilities to focus on providing the highest quality care.”

“Safety is an encompassing concept that requires constant refinement, guidance and expertise,” said Satrajit Misra, vice president, Marketing and Strategic Development, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. “At Toshiba Medical, our goal is to deliver flexible solutions that meet our imaging partners’ needs, and this program allows hospitals to further their goals of establishing creative programs aimed at improving safety for radiologic technologists.”

Eligible facilities are encouraged to apply by completing an application here. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2017.

The ASRT Foundation and Toshiba Medical Safety FiRsT grants are funded by a grant from Toshiba Medical.

About the ASRT Foundation

The ASRT Foundation supports and empowers medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals and students to pursue opportunities that improve patient care.

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

Toshiba America Medical Systems, a Canon Group company headquartered in Tustin, Calif., markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and interventional X-ray equipment. For more information, visit Toshiba Medical’s website at

About Toshiba Medical

Toshiba Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including Ultrasound, CT, X-Ray, and MR, across the globe. As of December 2016, Toshiba Medical became a member of the Canon Group. In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.