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May 18, 2020

Applications Open for ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical’s Safety FiRsT Grant Program

Award Provides Funding to Improve or Expand Technologist Safety

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. are now accepting applications for the 2020 Safety FiRsT® grant program, an initiative that provides funds for radiologic technologists to improve workplace safety measures.

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

In the past, winners have used the funds to promote radiologic technology safety through the purchase of safety systems including:

  • A vertical power lift device for use in a hospital setting.
  • A ferromagnetic detection system for magnetic resonance safety.
  • Lead-free aprons.

Now in its sixth year, the Safety FiRsT program is helping health care facilities create safer work environments for radiologic technologists. Eligible facilities are encouraged to apply by completing an application here. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020.

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

About the ASRT Foundation

The ASRT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the world’s largest radiologic science association. The ASRT Foundation supports and empowers medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals and students to pursue opportunities that improve patient care.

About Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc.

Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc., 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 Canon Medical Systems’ website at