SMRT 20th Annual Meeting ~ 7 – 8 May 2011
“Celebrating 20 Years of MR Educational Excellence”

Palais des congrès de Montréal « 201 Viger Avenue West « Montréal, Québec, Canada

Message from the SMRT Program and Education Chairs


The Program and Education Committees would like to invite technologists/radiographers from around the world to attend the 20th Annual Meeting of the Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists to be held on  7- 8 of May 2011 in conjunction with the ISMRM Annual Meeting.  The SMRT Annual Meeting which will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, will once again provide quality educational opportunities for MR technologists/radiographers with the goal of maintaining a high level of professionalism in the field.

The Annual Meeting will begin Friday evening, 6 May 2011, with the Poster Presentation Reception and a special presentation bringing us back to the humble beginnings of NMR through the present day MR imaging.  In addition to the Friday evening presentations, there will be Proffered Paper Presentations on the 7 and 8 May.  We encourage technologists and radiographers to share their work through the submission of abstracts for oral or poster presentation.  Abstracts with either a clinical practice focus or research focus will be accepted until 16 December, 2010.  Online abstract submission instructions and applications will be available on the SMRT website:

The forums of this year’s meeting were selected based on feedback from previous meetings and will include a wide range of MR imaging topics.  The forums will include topics such as MR physics and technology, safety updates and information, neurological and cardiac imaging topics, body imaging to include prostate imaging and the challenges of 3T body imaging.  Additional forums include the topics of MSK imaging, 7 Tesla imaging, practical applications of spectroscopy, and emerging technologies such as MRI guided focused ultrasound.  Attendees are also encouraged to attend the SMRT Business Meeting held on Saturday, 7 May.  The Meeting is an open session with the intent of informing SMRT members of the current mission, goals, and activities of the Section.  The attendance and contribution of SMRT members is invaluable to the growth and evolution of the SMRT as a global resource of MR education.  On Sunday, 8 May, the Presentation of Awards will take place.  All SMRT Awards are presented during this time and all are encouraged to attend in support of those technologists and radiographers who have participated in fulfilling the SMRT’s commitment to excellence in MR education.

Finally, please note the ISMRM/SMRT Joint Forum will be held Monday, 9 May 2011.  Your SMRT meeting registration includes this forum which is a collaboration of energy and talent between the SMRT and ISMRM.  The organizers of this year’s forum are Gareth Barker, Ph.D., Margaret Hall-Craggs, M.D., Derek Jones, Ph.D., and Michael Macilquham, B.App.Sc, MHSc (MRI).  The forum topic is DTI which promises to provide the highest quality of MR education.  Be sure to extend your stay and attend this exciting Joint Forum. 

The SMRT Annual Meeting program has been approved for 14.50 Category A CE credits, United Kingdom - College of Radiographers (CPD Now) and the Australia Institute of Radiology (AIR) CPD activity credits. Technologists and radiographers can also earn additional Category A CE credits at many of the ISMRM 19th Annual Meeting & Exhibition educational courses held Monday through Friday. 

The SMRT was established to provide superior educational opportunities for technologists/radiographers, as well as a forum for collaboration.  The 2011 Annual Meeting is dedicated to continuing this tradition.  On behalf of the 2011 Program and Education Committees, we are pleased to invite you to join us in Canada for the 20th Annual SMRT Meeting in Celebrating 20 Years of MR Educational Excellence.

2011 Program Chair: 
Carol Lee, B.S., R.T. (R)(CT)(MR) 

2011 Education Chair:
Maryann Blaine, MAT, B.S., R.T. (R)(MR)