Message from SMRT Program Committee

The SMRT would like to invite technologists from around the world to attend the Twelfth Annual Meeting of the Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists. This meeting will be held 9 to 11 July 2003 in conjunction with the Eleventh Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The goal of the SMRT is to advance the education and training for MR technologists worldwide and to promote communication and dissemination of information regarding current and emerging technological advances.  The theme of the 2003 meeting is “Excellence through world-class education."  The agenda of the Annual Meeting will be geared towards bringing technologists the latest information on developments in MR technology that will be of value whether one is from a clinical or research site. The topics chosen and speakers invited will be based on the comments and feedback received from the attendees of previous annual meetings.  Topics will include:  Functional Imaging, Advanced Pulse sequences, Parallel Imaging, Breast Imaging, Body Imaging, Pediatrics, Cardiac Imaging, MSK and Female Pelvis.  The agenda will be submitted for 14 Category A continuing education credits, pending approval by the ASRT and CAMRT.

The Meeting will commence with a Poster Exhibit and Walking Tour Reception at 18:30, on Wednesday evening 9 July 2003.  This will be a great way to learn about new and innovative clinical and research studies that are being performed by our colleagues worldwide. It also provides a great opportunity for one to interact with the poster authors and to meet and share ideas with fellow technologists from around the world.  An important aspect of the meeting remains the submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations by technologists. Proffered papers will be interlaced throughout the sessions.  We encourage all technologists to actively participate in the meeting by submitting an oral or poster abstract.

The deadline for abstract submissions will be  17 January 2003.  For the 2003 Annual Meeting, abstract submissions may be done electronically through the SMRT Web Site.

The SMRT Annual Business Meeting will be held on Thursday, 10 July, giving one a chance to participate in the professional organization. At the end of the business meeting, awards will be given for the most outstanding oral and poster presentations.   The Safety Forum continues to be a hot topic at the annual meeting and will be held on Sunday during the lunch hour. Safety issues will be discussed and there will be a question and answer session.

As Chair of the 2003 Program Committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend this meeting and to join the SMRT in bringing to technologists, an exciting, quality educational weekend in  the city of Toronto with it’s colourful ethnic mix, rich history, breath taking architecture and many other attractions.

Laurian Rohoman, R.T. (R)(MR)
2003 SMRT Program Chair

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