OCTOBER 2013 • Vol. 2, Issue 4


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SMRT members are located around the world in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Are YOU a member?

You can become an SMRT member and receive the benefit of accredited continuing education dedicated to the MR professional by applying online.

There are more than 1000 MR Technologists and Radiographers participants on the SMRT MR Technologist List Serve? You do not have to be an SMRT member to participate; sign up on the SMRT website



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

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

16 January 2014
SCMR-ISMRM Jointly Sponsored Workshop on Accelerated CMR: Towards Comprehensive Clinical Cardiovascular Imaging
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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

15 February 2014
2nd Singapore Radiographers MRI Symposium

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

1 March 2014
South Carolina Regional Educational Seminar
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



16 January 2014
SCMR-ISMRM Jointly Sponsored Workshop on Accelerated CMR: Towards Comprehensive Clinical Cardiovascular Imaging
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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. 3: “MR Imaging Near Metal Implants” (password required)

SMRT Video Home Studies, VOL. 6, Nos. 1-8 (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 future of the SMRT is determined by the leaders selected from the membership."

Welcome to E-Signals, the electronic newsletter sent quarterly to 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

"…these programs will feature world class speakers in their field of expertise and this is a great opportunity to come and participate with your international colleagues."

We are at the time of the year where the preliminary work has been done for our next Annual Meeting in Milan...Read more…

ISMRM Outreach Program Invites the SMRT to Participate in Columbia

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

"The SMRT hopes to contribute again in these programs as we feel it is an excellent way to reach technologist/radiographers around the world who are not familiar with our organization."

The ISMRM has operated an Outreach Program for several years with the goal of providing education... Read more…

Setting the Trends for Global MR Education in Milan, Italy

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

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

"The content covers a wide range of topics and the invited speakers, presenting during the two-day educational program, are well known and highly regarded in the field of MR."

The Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists (SMRT) cordially invites all MR technologists/radiographers, professionals and students to participate in its 23rd Annual Meeting... Read more…

Education Committee Details Opportunities for MR Technologists and Radiographers

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

“This is a great way to become involved – you can even write an abstract jointly with a colleague if you have never written one previously.”

The Education Committee sincerely hopes that members and non-members alike will give some serious thought to participating in the next annual meeting in Milan... 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

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

“If you are interested in becoming more involved with the SMRT one great way to do this is by organizing an educational meeting tailored to the needs in your area.”

As chair of the SMRT Chapter and Regional Committee I would invite you to check out the SMRT Facebook page for information on all of the latest educational meetings... Read more…

Your Vote will Determine the Future Leadership of the SMRT

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

“The President and Policy Board is tasked with ensuring the SMRT continues to serve our membership with quality MR education and leading the way with issues affecting our working lives.”
The Nominations Committee for 2013 has been busy evaluating an outstanding group of SMRT members... Read more…  

61st Home Study Addresses Metal in MRI

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

"...installation of prosthetic hardware can introduce a variety of orthopedic complications . . . this capability of MRI to identify soft tissue complications has the potential to both improve the accuracy of revision preparations and reduce the severity of treatment procedures."

We are pleased to present the SMRT Educational Seminars, Volume 16, Number 3: “MR Imaging Near Metal Implants.” This is the 61st accredited home study developed by the SMRT…Read more…

Hair Loss Concealer: Unusual MRI Artifacts and Positive Alarm on Ferromagnetic Detection System

Frank G. Shellock, Ph.D., FISMRM, FACC, FACSM
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Radiology and Medicine
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Director for MRI Studies of Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems
National Science Foundation, Engineering Research Center
University of Southern California

Institute for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Education, and Research

"As part of the pre-MRI screening procedure, consideration should be given to patient management with regard to this information and a policy should be in place to prevent problems related to cosmetics."

Cosmetics, including eye makeup, nail polishes, body lotions, hair loss concealers and others are frequently used to improve or enhance the appearance…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.