MAY 2013 • Vol. 2, Issue 2


YOU can organize a Local Chapter within your community? A packet of information is available for you to review.

If there is not a Regional Educational Seminar near your location YOU can organize one. A packet of information is available for you to review. Any questions can be answered by the staff in the SMRT Central Office. +1 510 841 1899, or you may contact any of the SMRT Officers or Policy Board members for advice about setting up Local Chapters, Regional Educational Seminars or questions about the SMRT.


You can become an SMRT member at any of the Regional or Chapter meetings listed below 

Northwest Chapter Quarterly Chapter Meeting
18 July 2013

SMRT Gulf Coast Chapter Educational Seminar
27 July 2013
Houston, TX, USA

Atlanta Chapter Regional Educational Seminar
28 September 2013
Atlanta, GA, USA

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

SMRT 23rd Annual Meeting
10-11 May 2014



ISMRM Workshop on Multiple Sclerosis as a Whole-Brain Disease
26-28 June 2013
London, England, UK

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: 

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. 1: “Cardiac MRI: Ischemic and Valvular Heart Disease” (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)


Meet Your New SMRT President

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

Our membership needs to know that we have great resources to help them every step of the way in numerous avenues and we always encourage new blood to bring fresh ideas and innovation.”
Editor’s note: An interview with Ben Kennedy introduces us to the new President...Read more…

Editor’s Letter

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

The E-Signals Newsletter is sent via electronic mail to SMRT members in good standing. If you are not a member but have received this publication we hope that you will consider joining the worldwide organization specifically designed to provide education and information to MR Technologists and Radiographers....Read more…

Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City Provides an International Learning Experience

G. Barry Southers, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(MR)
2013 Chair, Program Committee

“No matter the distance, we are all part of a large MR family, and hope the SMRT Annual Meeting serves as a place to meet with old friends and make new ones.”
On behalf of the 2013 SMRT Program Committee, I want to thank everyone across the globe who attended the 22nd Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA... Read more…

The SMRT Recognizes Extraordinary Contributions with Awards

Julia Lowe, B.S.,R.T.(R)(MR), FSMRT
2013 Acting Chair, Awards Committee
The following individuals have been recognized by the SMRT for their achievements... Read more…

MR Technologists and Radiographers Receive Awards for Their Efforts

Rosemary Fisher, R.T.(R)(CT)(MR)
Chair, Education Committee
The Education Committee and a panel of 10 reviewers evaluated a total of 36 abstracts submitted for the 22nd SMRT Annual Meeting. There were 14 Clinical and 22 Research submissions reviewed ... Read more…

ISMRM/SMRT Joint Forum: Panel Addresses MRI Safety Concerns

Glenn Cahoon, B.App.Sc., Dip.Ed., MApp.Sc.
2013 SMRT Executive Member
The Joint Forum is collaboration between the ISMRM and the SMRT to provide a clinically-oriented educational forum on a topic of interest to members of both organisations... 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…  

Collaboration between SNMMIT and SMRT Results in White Paper

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

In keeping with the mission of the SMRT we are pleased to announce the completion of the SNMMI-TS/SMRT PET/MR white paper. This was a joint collaboration...Read more…

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance is Topic for Latest Home Study

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

“Today, CMR not only represents the reference standard for measuring cardiac volumes, function, and mass, but also enables accurate assessment of morphology and function of cardiac valves.”
We are pleased to present the SMRT Educational Seminars, Volume 16, Number 1: “Cardiac MRI: Ischemic and Valvular Heart Disease.” This is the 59th 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.