JULY 2013 • Vol. 2, Issue 3


The SMRT now has a Safety Officer working for the membership?

SMRT Members are able to join any of the 19 ISMRM Study Groups for no additional cost.

Job Opportunities and CV Postings are benefits for SMRT members at the SMRT Career Center

Over 10,000 MR Video Recordings of presentations are available at the
Recorded Presentation Archives

The SMRT has dedicated List Serves for the following:
Technologist List Serve
Nurses in MR List Serve
Veterinary MRI List Serve



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

Atlanta Chapter Regional Educational Seminar
28 September 2013
Atlanta, GA, USA
Registration now open!

3rd Annual Kentucky SMRT Chapter Educational Seminar
5 October 2013
Covington, KY, USA

Northwest Chapter Regional Educational Seminar
12 October 2013
Tacoma, WA, USA

Australia-New Zealand 8th Annual Chapter Meeting
12 – 13 October 2013
Sydney, Australia
Registration now open!

Eastern Regional Educational Seminar
16 November 2013
Bethesda, MD, USA

MR Safety Workshop to be held in 2014

SMRT 23rd Annual Meeting
10-11 May 2014



ISMRM Workshop on Dynamic MR Imaging & Spectroscopy of Psychiatric Illness
7-10 September 2013
Lisbon, Portugal

ISMRM Workshop on Diffusion as a Probe of Neural Tissue Microstructure
14-18 October 2013
Podstrana, Croatia

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

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


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. 16, No. 2: “Diffusion Weighted Imaging in the Breast” (password required)

SMRT Video Home Studies, VOL. 5, Nos. 1-8 (password required)

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


A Message from the SMRT President

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

“…we are excited to continue to raise the bar in MRI safety education for our entire community”

Since the Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, the SMRT has been exceedingly busy with several projects..Read more…

Editor’s Letter

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

“The SMRT is expanding collaboration with other organizations who strive for professional development and education.”

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

New Position of SMRT Safety Officer is Announced

Vera Kimbrell, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)
SMRT Past President and Safety Officer

“Safety has always been paramount in our workplace and in the minds of MR Technologists/Radiographers.”

As you may be aware the ISMRM has always had a Safety Committee and the SMRT has had two seats on a rotating yearly basis... Read more…

2014 Annual Meeting: Setting the Trends for Global MR Education

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

“We hope you will plan on joining us in Milan.”
Now is the time to make your plans to attend the 23rd SMRT Annual Meeting... Read more…

MR Technologists and Radiographers Invited to Share Their Work

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

“The Education Committee would like to encourage all members and their colleagues to participate in this educational forum, as sharing your work can be both a teaching and learning experience for all of us.”

Since the SMRT Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, the Education Committee has been reviewing and refining its processes in preparation... Read more…

The Shortage of Helium: History and Comment

Emanuel Kanal, M.D., F.A.C.R., FISMRM, AANG
Director, Magnetic Resonance Services
Professor of Radiology and Neuroradiology
Department of Radiology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

“MRI now numbers among the main applications in the world for helium utilization!”
The following apply to helium stores on this planet: 1) Most do not recognize the seriousness of the shortage of this element... Read more…

Alliance for MRI Shares Important News in Europe

Helle Juhl Simonsen, MRT
Chair, Global Relations

“After almost 10 years of uncertainty, the Members of the European Parliament today took the step to ensure continued patient access to MRI...”

European Parliament approves important changes to European health and safety legislation enabling continued access to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology for patients in Europe.... Read more…  

The SMRT Collaborates with Societies to Provide Education

Cindy R. Comeau, B.S., R.T.(N)(MR), FSMRT
SMRT External Relations Liaison

“The SMRT leadership looks forward in its continued discussions with the SNMMI Technologists Section…”

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) held its annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada... Read more…  

Call for SMRT Nominations and Award Candidates

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

“As a member of the SMRT it is your professional responsibility to actively participate in the future direction of our society.”
On behalf of the Nominating Committee I invite members of the SMRT to nominate individuals for membership of the Policy Board (four positions) and for President-Elect (one position) by 1 September 2013. ... Read more…  

Video Home Studies Available for Continuing Education Credits

Vanessa Orchard, DCR(D), PGDip.(Nuc Med), M.Sc.(MRI)
Chair, SMRT Publications Committee

“This is a great opportunity for members unable to attend the annual meeting to gain some insight into the quality and range of topics presented at the annual meetings.”
As chair of the SMRT Publications Committee this year I would like to introduce myself and announce the new video home studies from the 2013 SMRT Meeting in Salt Lake City which will soon be available on the SMRT website....Read more…

Milestone 60th Home Study: Diffusion Weighted Imaging in the Breast

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

"Diffusion-weighted MR imaging that can be used to measure apparent diffusion coefficients (ADCs) - a quantitative measure of the diffusivity of water - provides information related to tumor cellularity and the integrity of cell membranes and is sensitive to intratumoral changes induced by chemotherapy."

We are pleased to present the SMRT Educational Seminars, Volume 16, Number 2: “Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging of the Breast.” This is the 60th accredited home study developed by the SMRT…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.