OCTOBER 2014 • Vol. 3, Issue 4


Your ideas and suggestions for Signals are welcome!

The SMRT logo was first approved by the Policy Board in1992. There have been minor revisions since then.

Quarterly issues of the Signals Newsletter began in 1993 with black and white issues mailed to members.

The SMRT became a member of the Associated Sciences Consortium of the RSNA in 1997 during the Presidency of Karol Handrahan. Luann Culbreth was the first SMRT representative to the consortium.


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

11 October 2014
3rd Annual Kentucky SMRT Chapter Educational Seminar
Covington, KY, USA

29 October 2014
SMRT Great Lakes Chapter Meeting
Wauwatosa, WI, USA

08 November 2014
SMRT Southwest Regional Educational Seminar
Chandler, AZ, USA

15–16 November 2014
9th Annual Meeting of the SMRT ANZ Chapter
Adelaide, Australia

30-31 May 2015
SMRT 24th Annual Meeting
Toronto, ON, Canada


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

06-09 November 2014
ISMRM Workshop on Magnetic Resonance in Cancer: Challenges & Unmet Needs
Austin, TX, USA

04-05 February 2015
Jointly Sponsored SCMR-ISMRM Workshop on Myocardial Tissue Characterization with MR Relaxometry: Principles & Emerging Methods
Nice, France

12-15 February 2015
ISMRM Workshop on MRI in the Management of Breast Disease: Past, Present & Future
San Francisco, CA, USA

06-08 March 2015
ISMRM Workshop on Non-Contrast Cardiovascular MRI
Long Beach, CA, USA

01-04 April 2015
ISMRM Workshop on Diffusion-weighted Imaging Outside the Brain: from Physics to Clinical Practice
Boston, MA, USA

30 May – 05 June 2015
ISMRM 23rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Toronto, ON, Canada


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. 17, No. 3: “Musculoskeletal MRI: Cartilage and Ligaments” (password required)

SMRT Video Home Studies, VOL. 7 (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 Safety workshop sponsored by the ISMRM/SMRT was three days of presentations, information and networking."

Greetings, There is much to report this quarter as your SMRT volunteer leaders and committee members have been productive...Read more…

SMRT President Message

Maureen N. Hood, Ph.D., R.N., R.T. (R)(MR), FSMRT
SMRT President, 2014-2015

"We are not a political organization, but we can serve as the educators on how MRI should be safely practiced."

I’m writing this letter to the SMRT membership right after having attended and participating in the ISMRM/SMRT MR Safety Workshop in Washington, DC,...Read more…

Introducing the new Associate Executive Director

Kerry Crockett, MBA, CAE, CMP, DES

“…I’m in awe of the countless hours that our volunteers donate to make the SMRT what it is…”

Kerry comes to the SMRT with an extensive background in her professional and personal life. Born into a military family, Kerry Crockett was fortunate.... Read more…

ARRT Approves Track and Transfer for SMRT

Heidi Berns, M.S., R.T. (R)(MR), FSMRT
Chair, RCEEM (Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism) Committee

“We are happy to report that the ARRT approved the SMRT application.”

The SMRT has received great news from the ARRT... Read more…

Safety Workshops Highlight Work in Progress

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

“Projectiles are the issue most lay people see on social media but burns continue to be the persistent and the more common concern.”

Several of the SMRT membership attended one or both Safety focused events in Washington DC, USA 5-9 September. The first was the Safety Workshop three-day conference sponsored by the ISMRM/SMRT. Immediately following the workshop... Read more…

24th SMRT Annual meeting - UPDATE

Chris Kokkinos, B.App.Sc, PgCert,MRI
Chair, 2015 Program Committee

"The SMRT program committee has put together a meeting that will indeed be "At the Forefront of MR Education"…"

The SMRT Program and Education Committees are excited to invite MR technologists and radiographers from around the world to attend the 24th Annual SMRT Meeting - At the Forefront of MR Education - to be held at the 'Metro Toronto Convention Centre' in Toronto, Canada...Read more…

Education Committee Report – Call for Papers

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

"Abstract submission is a great way to become more involved in your SMRT."

Hello to all our members from the Education Committee! It is that time of year to turn your minds towards writing an abstract to submit for a poster or oral presentation at our next Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada...Read more…

Reminder to Vote for SMRT Positions

Ben Kennedy, B.App.Sc., Mst(MRI)
Past President, 2015 Chair, Awards and Nominations Committee

"Your job as members of the SMRT is to review these candidates and select..."

The Nominations Committee for 2014 is evaluating an outstanding group of SMRT members. We were fortunate to have a very globally diverse and rich in experience pool of candidates who will …Read more…

Regional and Local Chapter Meetings Provide MR Education

Kendra Huber, B.S., R.T. (R)(M)(CT)(MR)
Chair, Local Chapters and Regional Meetings

"The SMRT recognizes that there is a wide variety of educational interests and needs depending on your location in the world."

As the SMRT Chapter and Regional Committee chair, I invite you to check out the SMRT website for information on Regional or Chapter meetings occurring in a city near you or one you would like to visit!…Read more……

Brain MR Imaging Techniques Covered in Latest Home Study

Anne Marie Sawyer, B.S., R.T. (R)(MR) FSMRT
Editor, Home Study Series

"MRI has become a reliable tool in medical imaging for assessing morphological and functional details of the human body in a noninvasive manner. Perfusion is an important parameter to assess status and functionality of tissue and organs."

We are pleased to present the SMRT Educational Seminars, Volume 17, Number 4: “Brain MR Imaging Techniques.” (coming soon!) This is the 66th accredited home study developed by the SMRT, exclusively for SMRT members…Read more…
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