FEBRUARY 2014 • Vol. 3, Issue 1


The SMRT is fully engaged with Social Media.

You can obtain all of your required continuing education credits through the SMRT.

A different country is selected each year to host the Annual Meeting. Recent meetings have been held in the USA, Canada, Australia and Sweden.


You can become an SMRT member at any of the Regional or Chapter meetings listed below www.ismrm.org/smrt 

1 February 2014
New England Regional Educational Seminar
Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA

8 February 2014
Northwest Chapter MRI Safety Seminar
Bellevue, WA, USA

1 March 2014
Western Canada Regional Educational Seminar
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 March 2014
South Carolina Regional Educational Seminar
Greer, South Carolina, USA

2 March 2014
South Carolina Chapter Registry Review
Greer, South Carolina, USA

29 March 2014
BeNeLux 7th Annual Chapter Meeting
Brussels, Belgium

10 – 11 May 2014
SMRT 23rd Annual Meeting
Milan, Italy

10 – 16 May 2014
Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB
Milan, Italy



More information on ISMRM Workshops can be found here: www.ismrm.org/meetings-workshops/future-ismrm-workshops/ 

10-16 May 2014
Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB 2014
Milan, Italy

22-25 June 2014
ISMRM Workshop on Functional MRI: Emerging Techniques & New Interpretations
Charleston, SC, USA

11-14 July 2014
ISMRM Workshop on Motion Correction in MRI
Tromsø, Norway



Monitor the SMRT Website for annual meeting information, upcoming regionals, sponsorship information, job opportunities, etc.!


SMRT Anatomical Home Studies! (password required)

SMRT Educational Seminar Home Study, VOL. 17, No. 1: “Foundation of MRI: Imaging Sequences” (password required)

SMRT Video Home Studies, VOL. 7 (password required)

SMRT Focused Home Study, VOL. 4, No. 3: “Shifting Imaging Targets in Multiple Sclerosis: From Inflammation to Neurodegeneration” (password required)


Editor’s Letter

Julie Strandt-Peay, BSM,R.T.(R)(MR), FSMRT
Signals Editor

"The extraordinary action of those active in the SMRT is evidenced by the reports and articles in this issue of Signals."

Welcome to E-Signals, the quarterly electronic newsletter produced for the membership and those who support the efforts of the SMRT...Read more…

President Accentuates Depth of Educational Opportunities

Ben Kennedy, B.App.Sc.(MIT) MMRT
SMRT President, 2013-2014

"Our Society is based on its grass roots members and it is you, the membership, who help guide our decisions in evolving the SMRT into our future form."

In the countdown to our next SMRT Annual meeting in Milan, Italy we are working hard on getting the word to all corners of the globe and need your help...Read more…

2014 Election Results Announced

Vera Kimbrell, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)
SMRT Past-President; Chair, Nominations and Awards Committees

"There is much work to be done and we are fortunate to have members able and ready to work towards our educational goals."

Please join me in welcoming the in-coming Policy Board members and President-Elect. These individuals were chosen by the membership to participate in leading our society... Read more…

Get a Virtual Life

Steven P. Shannon, R.T., (R)(MR)
Chair, Social Media Subcommittee

"The SMRT has also made improvements to the home webpage by offering more on-line content."

The Social Media Subcommittee is finally official! Greg Brown from Australia and a few of his friends and colleagues have been instrumental in moving the SMRT into the use of social media... Read more…

Setting the Trends for Global MR Education in Milan, Italy

Rhonda F. Walcarius, B.Sc.(MRT)(R)(MR)
2014 Chair, Program Committee

“It really is a great networking opportunity for MR related issues.”

Happy New Year to all. If one of your new years’ resolutions is MR education then the SMRT is a great place to start. If you also have resolved to travel this year then the 23rd annual SMRT meeting... Read more…

Education Committee Reports Great Response to Call for Papers

Sheryl Foster, MHSc.(MRS)(MRI)
2014 Chair, Education Committee

“It is really worth considering being a part of this process in the future; for many of our members this is their first taste of being a published author in the SMRT Conference Proceedings.”

The deadline for 2014 abstract submissions to the 23rd Annual meeting in Milan, Italy has now passed and the Education Committee members are currently deeply engrossed in the process of scoring the large number of submissions... Read more…

SMRT/ISMRM Joint Forum in Milan Features PET/MRI

James J. Stuppino, B.S., R.T. (R)(MR)
Joint Forum Co-Chair

“Your SMRT meeting registration includes this forum scheduled on Monday afternoon.”
The ISMRM/SMRT Joint Forum is a collaborative effort among members from both organizations... Read more…

Chapter Chat: ANZ Chapter Hosts Successful Two Day Meeting

Kendra Huber, B.S., R.T. (R)(M)(CT)(MR)
Chair, Chapter and Regional Committee

“SMRT educational seminars offer a great way to remain current on MRI topics, earn CEU credits and meet professional people with the same interests as you.”

The 8th Annual SMRT Australia –New Zealand (ANZ) Chapter combined with the 2013 President’s Regional Meeting was held on 12-13 October 2013 at the beautiful Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Sydney, Australia. With a list of very prestigious speakers... Read more…

63rd Home Study Discusses Imaging Sequences

Anne Marie Sawyer, B.S., R.T. (R)(MR) FSMRT
Editor, SMRT Home Studies

"Since its introduction more than half a century ago, the use of steady state free precession (SSFP) has become increasingly popular, and a huge number of SSFP imaging methods have been described so far. In general, the term "SSFP" imbeds all steady state sequences and variants thereof, because it just denotes the most basic SSFP principle, as introduced in 1958 by Carr." From that article published in Physical Review, H.Y. Carr explains, “The net nuclear moment is considered in a steady-state because in periods of time equal to or shorter than the spin relaxation times it does not undergo changes in amplitude comparable to its maximum amplitude."

We are pleased to present the SMRT Educational Seminars, Volume 17, Number 1: “Foundation of MRI: Imaging Sequences.” This is the 63rd accredited home study developed by the SMRT, exclusively for SMRT members. The accreditation…Read more…
E-Signals is a publication by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine for the benefit of the SMRT membership and those individuals and organizations that support the educational programs and professional advancement of the SMRT and its members. This publication is the compilation of the leadership of the SMRT and the contributions of the staff in the ISMRM Central Office.