issue of the E-Signals brings you the excitement and
news that is the SMRT!
is extended to Michael Schlenk, for his diligence in
obtaining photographs during the Annual Meeting. He
was assisted valiantly by Vanessa Orchard who also
We begin the news by meeting the President, Maureen
Hood. She is the first MR technologist to serve in
the position with an earned Ph.D. Her journey
exemplifies the efforts of the SMRT and its members.
Program Chair, Rhonda Walcarius reviews the
successful Annual Meeting held in Milan, Italy. You
will note that the invited speakers were of high
quality and there were some interesting twists to
the meeting this year. You are invited to page
through the photographs to get a real sense of the
two day event. Please recognize the generous
sponsors who are instrumental in the realization of
Peer reviewed presentations in both proffered paper
and poster format were organized by Education
Committee Chair, Sheryl Foster. The offerings
displayed in the Signals show the global extent of
the SMRT and those MR technologists and
radiographers who participate.
The SMRT conducts an annual business meeting between
didactic sessions which is pictorially depicted. Ben
Kennedy passes the gavel to Maureen Hood in true
In some ways the
2014 Annual Meeting was bittersweet as we said
farewell to retiring Associate Executive Director,
Jennifer Olson. The celebration, tributes and gifts
are shown in representative photographs.
Coordinating the Joint ISMRM/SMRT Forum this year
were Jim Stuppino and Cindy Comeau. They, along with
representation from the ISMRM, implemented an
informational discussion on the trending topic of
PET/MR. The session was comprised of presentations
from users of various perspectives and then a panel
discussion that included audience participation.
Each year the SMRT recognizes individuals who have
made significant contributions to the society in
support of the mission to provide quality education.
Those individuals are listed with their awards for
For the first time, the SMRT participated in the
United Kingdom Radiology Congress as reported by
Muriel Cockburn. She shares that this may become an
annual invitation, a welcome extension of the SMRT.
It is not too soon to think about the 2015 SMRT
Annual Meeting. Program Chair, Chris Kokkinos
announces the meeting dates and city. Start making
The SMRT membership elects new Policy Board members
every year along with the President-elect and the
recipient of the prestigious Crues-Kressel award.
Nominations and Awards Committee Chair, Ben Kennedy
explains the process.
Rounding out this issue is a description of the
latest Home Study by Editor, Anne Marie Sawyer.
Another milestone for the series as this is the 65th
Educational Seminar. Anne is also responsible for
the educational material available on the SMRT
website. Need continuing education credits? Check it
Although she is officially retired as this issue
reaches your in-box, my thanks to Jennifer Olson,
Associate Executive Director, for her many years of
service and support of the Signals Newsletter. We
will properly welcome the new Associate Executive
Director, Kerry Crockett in the next issue of
Signals. My thanks as always to Mary Keydash,
Publications Director, Linda O-Brown, SMRT
Coordinator, Sally Moran, Director of Electronic
Communications and the staff in the central office
for their continued service on behalf of Signals.