2021 ISMRM & SMRT Annual Meeting & Exhibition
15-20 May 2021

2021 SMRT Annual Meeting

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission Deadline: 16 December 2020 at 23:59 EST

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The Chairs of the SMRT Abstract and Program Committees are pleased to announce the “Call for Abstracts” for our ISMRM & SMRT Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held 15-20 May 2021 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

We warmly invite all practicing MR Technologists, Radiographers, or equivalent to share their work with their fellow professionals by submitting an abstract which may subsequently take the form of an oral or digital poster presentation. All abstract submissions must be original work that has not been previously presented or published. Scores will be awarded based on the quality of the submitted abstracts, and a total of seven abstracts will be chosen for oral presentations at the Annual Meeting. Members of the SMRT Policy Board and Executive Board are not eligible for an award, but are encouraged to submit their work. Authors of abstracts accepted for an oral presentation or digital poster award must register and attend the meeting. The Proffered Papers and Digital Poster Presentations continue to be an integral component of the SMRT Annual Meeting which highlights current and emerging technological advances and promotes the important and exciting work being done by our colleagues across the globe.

Please note that the deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday, 16 December 2020, so start writing today! The online application process includes a link to the required templates (clinical or research) for all abstract submissions.

We are looking forward to yet another year of record-breaking quality submissions highlighting the great work being done within our profession.

Erin Gray, M.H.A., R.T.
2020 SMRT Abstract Chair
Thao T. Tran, M.Sc.
2021 SMRT Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair

Abstract Submission Instructions

Abstract Submission Deadline: 16 December 2020 at 23:59 EST

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PLEASE NOTE: Submissions will only be accepted from people practicing as MR Technologists, Radiographers or equivalent. A current CV/resume is required as part of the submission process. Authors will be notified of acceptance by the end of January 2021.

Abstract Withdrawal: Written requests for withdrawal of abstracts must be received by 28 February 2021 at the ISMRM/SMRT office, 2300 Clayton Road, Suite 620, Concord, CA 94520, USA.

All copyrights to accepted abstracts become the property of the SMRT. No proprietary information may be withheld by the authors.

Abstract Submission Steps

Please read through the ALL submission instructions listed below before preparing your abstract.

Step 1: Read the General Policies and Requirements for the submission of abstracts.
Step 2: Review the Abstract General Guidelines
Step 3: Read “How to Submit Your HTML-Based Abstract
Step 4: Submit your abstract

Step 1 of 4: General Policies and Requirements

  • Abstracts received after the deadline will not be accepted. The organizers will not be held responsible for abstract submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.
  • Submissions will only be accepted from people practicing as MR Technologists, Radiographers or equivalent. A current resume/CV is required as part of the submission process.
  • Abstracts must be the author’s own original work that has not been previously published or presented.
  • All abstracts must be submitted electronically. Paper abstracts will not be considered for review.
  • Abstracts must be submitted using MIRA. Authors are required to read the Abstract Format & Layout Guidelines carefully. The reviewing committee reserves the right to change the category of submission (Clinical Practice Focus or Research Focus) if deemed appropriate.

If you are applying for the JAK Award for Professional Development: Submissions will only be accepted from MRI students and radiographers/technologists employed as MR technologists that have been practicing in MRI 3 years or less to submit abstracts for the John A. Koveleski Award. Qualification will be determined by a resume/CV submitted by the author; as well as a signed and dated letter on institution letterhead by the institution manager or senior staff.

  • All authors are required to submit a resume/CV for student/employment confirmation.
  • All abstract authors are requested to submit a signed and dated letter on institution letterhead by the institution manager or senior staff confirming your student status or equivalent.

Abstract Review Process:

All abstracts will be peer reviewed. Abstracts will be blind reviewed (reviewers will be blind to the author details and institution(s) of origin).

Abstracts will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  1. Clinical Practice Focus category
    • Clarity and organization of information
    • Background justification and purpose
    • Soundness of teaching point
    • Originality and importance of the topic to the profession
  2. Research Focus category
    • Clarity and organization of information
    • Background justification and purpose
    • Soundness of methods used (study design)
    • Originality and importance of the topic to the profession

NEW for 2021:

Digital Poster “Teaser” Previews
Presentations will be highlighted using a single figure and information about the authors in an abstract thumbnail. In order to accomplish this, you will be asked for the following:

  1. A choice of a secondary figure (in addition to the primary figure already required)
  2. A “Summary of Main Findings” (mini-synopsis)

An institutional logo image file. If you need to acknowledge more than one institution, you must create a single image containing any necessary logos.

Abstract Acceptance and Notification:

The seven (7) top scoring abstracts will be selected for oral presentation at the 2021 ISMRM & SMRT Annual Meeting & Exhibition, and will receive a Proffered Paper Award. Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author the end of -January 2021. Authors of the remaining abstracts will be considered and reviewed for a digital poster presentation. If your abstract is accepted for presentation as a digital poster you will receive detailed instructions on requirements for digital poster submissions.

NOTE: Authors of abstracts accepted for oral or digital poster presentation MUST register and attend the meeting, either virtually or in person.

Proffered Paper Awards:

The SMRT is offering Travel Scholarships to qualified SMRT members to the 2021 Annual Meeting. Preference is given to those who have an accepted abstract. In addition, the ISMRM Research and Education Fund is supporting all SMRT Proffered Paper Awards with a special grant!

Proffered Paper Awards are determined by abstract submission, NOT the oral presentation.

The President’s Award: Awarded to the most outstanding abstract submitted for oral presentation in either the Clinical Practice Focus or Research Focus categories. The honoree will receive an educational stipend to support the presentation of the award-winning abstract at the 2021 ISMRM & SMRT Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Proffered Paper Awards: 3 additional awards are presented to the next highest scoring abstracts in each category:

  • Oral Presentation – Research Focus: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place
  • Oral Presentation – Clinical Practice Focus: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place

Digital Poster Awards: Three awards are presented in each category:

  • Poster Presentation – Research Focus: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place
  • Poster Presentation – Clinical Practice Focus: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place

Authors of abstracts accepted for oral or digital poster presentation MUST register and attend the meeting. Authors submitting in the Oral Presentation format who are selected to receive a Proffered Paper Award are required to present their paper. All oral and digital poster presenters will receive detailed instructions and information pertaining to their presentation at the 2021 ISMRM & SMRT Annual Meeting & Exhibition with their acceptance letters.

Step 2 of 4: Abstract Format & Layout Guidelines

Abstract Presentation Categories

There are two options for the focus of the submitted work:

  1. Clinical Practice Focus: This category is for the presentation of work which demonstrates an improvement in patient care or diagnosis through the application of existing MR techniques. This is an opportunity to share your innovative ideas with your colleagues. The category does not require a formal study to have been undertaken.
  2. Research Focus: This category is for the presentation of work which describes novel or innovative MRI investigations or developments which have been tested by standard research methodology, i.e. a hypothesis is tested, results are obtained and analyzed and a conclusion is drawn as to whether or not the hypothesis was correct.

Options for the presentation may include:

  • Describing a technique and its applications that you currently employ.
  • Presenting innovative ways to improve professional practice.
  • Undertaking a literature review to research a topic/technique that is new or uncommon for the purpose of presenting your colleagues with an overview of current practice or standard of care.
  • Conducting your own research into a new technique or application.

Abstract Elements

The purpose of the abstract is to define the precise subject of the presentation to an audience. The abstract title should be short, informative and contain the major key words. An abstract must contain sufficient information so that if published it would be a complete report independent of presentation. The text should not contain statements alluding to results or conclusions not presented within the text.

A properly submitted abstract will have the following suggested section titles:

Clinical Practice Focus

  • Background
  • Teaching Point
  • Summary or Conclusions
  • References

Research Focus

  • Background or Purpose
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • References

Step 3 of 4: Read “How to Submit Your HTML-Based Abstract”

SMRT abstracts will be submitted using our HTML-based submission website. We strongly recommend you read our guide to this system, especially if you’ve never submitted an abstract this way before.

Click Here to Learn How to Submit Your HTML-Based Abstract

Step 4 of 4: Abstract Submission Site

IMPORTANT!
You MUST create a NEW user account for 2021 on the submission site.

The submission site will not accept your SMRT login or Mira accounts from previous years.
Please click on the [New to This Site?] link to create a login and password for your 2021 submissions.